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Windows 7 unable to browse UNC path on Sharepoint Server

Posted on 2011-03-23
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I am having a bit of a dilemma. I cannot seem to browse the files using a UNC path (\\dnsname\path) from a normal windows 7 professional. If you type the path (ex: \\dnsalias\ ) it pops up but nothing shows in the window.

It works on XP clients with no issues and I can see all the contents of that UNC path within the explorer window. But on the Windows 7 machines, its empty.

I have made sure that the WebClient Service is on and added the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters\DisableStrictNameChecking = 1

The server I am trying to browse is a sharepoint site and the name is a CNAME I added in DNS to resolve to that server. It works on the XP machines and strangely enough on my Windows 7 machine but nobody else's Win 7 workstation.

Still not having any luck. Any suggestions?
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by:sharepointguru14
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If you use the browser and select open in explorer does it work?
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No it does not. Still empty window
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Is the site listed as a trusted site or local intranet?

In IE browse to the page and look in bottom right hand corner
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Yes, I checked that and explicitly added all the intranet CNAME's. It will work if you do http://abc but not \\abc from the run command.
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by:Justin Smith
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I understand it doesn't work with \\abc.  But what about if you go to the url of a library, \\abc\libraryname ?
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Says that it cannot find it.
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The workstation was re-imaged
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