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XP machine can't access share on server through alias

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I have a windows 2008 server which needs to be accessed by a network with a mixed set of XP and WIN7 workstations.  I want the workstations to access the server through an alias which has been set up through our DNS.  The server is set up and domain rights are set.  For the WIN7 machines, all is working as expected, but not from our XP machines.  They cannot access the server using the alias.  I can connect using the IP or even the primary hostname, but attempting to connect through the alias always results in a very long wait followed by the standard "can't find the machine you're looking for" error.

Has anyone come up against this before?  Any ideas of why the XP machines would fail to connect using the alias while the WIN7 machines work fine, even using the exact same credentials?

I would appreciate any help you experts may have.
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by:shadowmantx
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Try creating entry on the host file that points to alias on XP machines.
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by:RaymondEC
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Hmmm... Some interesting ideas.

@shadowmantx:  The computers connecting to the share are from another department where I do not have the ability to create or manage a host file.

Another piece of info that I should have mentioned before (sorry).  This same setup worked on another server with the same OS and the same alias.  We migrated to a new server and removed the alias from the old one, putting it on the new one instead.  As soon as we did this, the problem began.  Previous to the migration, XP machines were able to connect without any modifications to the registry or a host file.

Does that get any other wheels turning?
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by:clayhopkins
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Have you tried flushing the DNS cache off of the XP machines?  From command line on the XP machines run

ipconfig /flushdns

Just to make sure the DNS setting to the old server isn't still hanging around.
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