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Cannot map network drives to three stations

Posted on 2011-03-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have three workstations on our SBS 2003 network tht I am unable to map a network drive using My Computer --> Map Network Drive.  It will not allow me to select the server.  I can map drives to these stations if I do it through the login script.  The "net use" command also works.
Any ideas?
Question by:HanoverFiste

Expert Comment

ID: 35099412
Can you make sure the Workstation, Server, and Computer Browser services are running?


Author Comment

ID: 35099505
Yes.  All three show "Started".

Expert Comment

ID: 35099530
When you say it won't let you select the server, can you verify that you can ping it by name?

Also if you go to Start > Run > and type in:   \\servername

Do you see the share?

Positive there's no drive letter conflict, such as a removable drive, or card reader slot using the drive letter already?

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Author Comment

ID: 35099608
I can ping the server.  No problem.
I can see the mapping for the station when I use Start . Run . \\servername.
No drive letter conflicts.  I've tried using X, Y and Z as the drive letter.

Also, I have removed the workstation from the network and rejoined it.  No good.

Expert Comment

ID: 35099807
Routing and remote access service is also needed in cases to get the share running..

Author Comment

ID: 35099885
Routing and REmote Access is running.
I can map any other station on the network with no problems.
It's only these three stations that have the problem.

Expert Comment

ID: 35107998
Hello HanoverFiste,

Am i correct if i assume you use the "browse" button to try and find the workstations ?
What happens when you make a connection using the full UNC path ? \\workstation\share

I think that should work if you are able to use net use

Accepted Solution

HanoverFiste earned 0 total points
ID: 35131965
Hi Everyone,
I finally found the problem.
In the Advanced settings of the network connection's TCP/IP properties,
on the WINS tab, the NetBIOS Setting must be set to "Default".
This was the problem on all three stations.
Don't know how it got changed, but now I know where to look.

Thanks for all the comments and assistance.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 35187318
Ruled out user profiles, and all hardware.  Nothing left but TCP/IP settings and that ws it.

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