Network resources and shares not available

Hi all,
I have a Windows XP workstation that cannot access any network shares or resources. It can't browse the network.
It is online, and can ping other devices on the network. For example, it can ping the domain controller by IP but cannot ping it by name. The computer is online, and is using the domain controller for DNS.
If you enter \\ (the servers IP) it returns a message saying that the network resources is unavaiable. When trying to join to a domain, an error comes up and says the domain contoller cannot be contacted.
It's as if it does not have a way to connect to other computers on the network. The computer browser service is running though.
It's a Windows XP computer attempting to join a Windows 2003 domain.

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ReeceICT ConsultantCommented:
are the computers in the same workgroup?
are the Network Locations Awareness (NLA) and Workstations services running?
is the computer being given it's IP by DHCP and in the same range and subnet as other computers on the network?
underIceAuthor Commented:
-Same workgroup
-NLA is running
-DHCP and all on the same network

-Can't find the domain controller when trying to join the domain (the workstation is using the DC as it's DNS server)
-Result of nbstat -n is Failed to access NetBT Driver - NetBT may not be loaded.

-Computer cannot ping server by name but the Internet works
Make sure that the following is installed and checked on your NIC in the Network connections applet in the Control

Client for MS Networks
File and Printer Sharing

Additionally, the following services should be started and set to Auto...

Server (not mandatory, just curious if it starts)
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Swapnil PrajapatiSr. System AdministratorCommented:
Can you check NetBT service parameters in Registry ?
if the start value is 4 change it to 2

Set "Start" tag equal to 2
Leave DC's ip as the only dns server.
Then open a command prompt and type the following two commands:

ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /registerdns

Then try pinging your server again and let me know of the results.

Good luck
underIceAuthor Commented:
swap_101982: Yes, during the initial troubleshooting efforts I made sure that registry entry was set at 2. Didn't seem to make a difference

johnb6767: All those services are started and set to auto, F&P sharing and Microsoft clients are both checked

psychogr: At some point I did a flushdns but that didn't help


underIceAuthor Commented:
psychogr: I should have added that the server is the only DNS server configured on the workstation
did you type "ipconfig /registerdns' after running /flushdns command?

The ipconfig /registerdns command provides you with a means to manually initiate dynamic registration for the DNS names and IP addresses configured at a computer. This option can assist in troubleshooting a failed DNS name registration or in resolving a dynamic update problem between a client and the DNS server..
Mohammed RahmanCommented:
Rename hosts file to hosts.old on the XP and restart. Try to join Domain and check if that can fix the issue.
and check workstation clock and timezone
Please provide and IPconfig /all of this XP computer.

Disable IPv6, and make sure it is NOT multihomed (meaning using multiple network adapters)...

On the computer's software firewall, make an exception for file and print sharing.

Lot's of things can cause this issue, including an IP conflict. The browser service does NOT need to be running in order to browse the network. The browser service is used for browser elections and can be disabled on all computers that you don't want to become a master browser, backup browser, or domain master browser. In fact, it's a good practice to disable the browser service except on the domain PDCe, and whatever backup browsers you decide to use.

However, you can't access the UNC path using the IP address. UNC stands for Universal Naming Convention, and you can use a couple different means to map to a computer share. One is by IP address, the other is by, and the other is by computername. IP uses ARP resolution, FQDN uses DNS to translate to an IP, and computername uses netbios to resolve the path to the share. So, if you can ping the computer by IP, you should be able to map to the share by IP. If you can ping the fully qualified domain name, you are OK with DNS host A records. If you can ping by computername, then netbios is working. If you can't ping at all, it usually means the firewall is having problems, or the ARP table that is cached on the computer is messed up. This arp table depends upon the network configurations and that's why an IPconfig /all will help you quickly discover the real problem.
underIceAuthor Commented:
ipconfig /all

        Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : DCM77MG1
        Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
        Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
        IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
        WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
        DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : domain.local

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :domain.local
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit Controller
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1E-C9-34-32-A9
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
        Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
        DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . :
        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . :
        NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled
        Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Monday, September 26, 2011 9:11:23 PM
        Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, October 04, 2011 9:11:23 PM
underIceAuthor Commented:
- IP6 is not enabled (not present)
- Not mutlihomed
- Firewall turned off completely
- I cannot ping any workstations (or the server) via FQDN or computername. I an ping via IP though. But I can't access any shares using the IP address. For example, if I enter \\ in the run field, I get a message that says "The network location cannot be reached". If I add the share name I get the same error. For example \\\share

Time and date are right and I did run the ipconfig /registerdns command.

I'll try renaming the hosts file. I'll let you know if makes any difference.
Mohammed RahmanCommented:
Manually assign the IP, subnet, gateway, DNS to the system.

        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . :

Are you sure the DNS is and not

In primary DNS, type the DNS used in your network and in secondary DNS type : (Google's public DNS)

Hope this helps.
underIceAuthor Commented:

Yes. The DNS server is the DC server. The Internet works, it's accessing local resources that is the issue. So Google's DNS won't help.
ipconfig /displaydns

Is there anything listed?
underIceAuthor Commented:
not really....looks like this:

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.
C:\Documents and Settings\Kay>ipconfig /displaydns
Windows IP Configuration
         Name does not exist.

I have gotten to the point on ANY odd problem, I run this.... Seen too many odd problems from these buggers....
Especially the ones (rootkits) that failed to install properly....

How to remove malware belonging to the family Rootkit.Win32.TDSS (aka Tidserv, TDSServ, Alureon)?
underIceAuthor Commented:
Ran it and it didn't find anything. I remember that in device manager if you show hidden devices and look you can see it there. But generally it prevents any network traffic if I remember right,

Anyway....the scan didn't find anything....
Are there any services throwing errors in the System Log, source "Service control Manager" . If so, see the Non PnP section below....

From a cmd prompt....

set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
Click View>Show Hidden Devices

Check under Non Plug and Play Drivers for anything remarked out....

I would remove ALL network adapters you can.


netsh int ip reset reset.log
netsh winsock reset
netsh firewall reset

Reboot, reinstall the NICs with the latest drivers, and make sure your Firewall is disabled (as it often gets enabled in the reset, based on your default profile config)....

Then cross your fingers....
underIceAuthor Commented:
Nothing in the non-pnp devices that look out of place, and nothing commented out.

I've gone through the netsh int ip reset and winsock reset with no luck.

I'll have a chance to to the nic cards tomorrow...but I'm not hopeful.

This feels like a DNS or computer browser thing to me. I can't see any network devices at all. The computer is not able to get a list of network resources. I'm not expert enough with that process to know how it breaks

But the local DC DNS service passes Internet requests on to the ISP's DNS servers but is unable to process local requests.

If I add devices to the host file ping by name works of course...but even there I can't access shares on devices on the host list.
Reason I was going that route (including the reset again) was that it seems like a service/driver is not started, causing some of your failures....
Is IPsec enabled, or IP filtering. If you can ping by IP, but not access the mapped network drive by IP, then there is something wrong with networking. What is the EXACT context of the error you are seeing.

Is it:

Error 5: Access denied
Is it domain can not be found?
Swapnil PrajapatiSr. System AdministratorCommented:
Have you tried to enable NetBIOS Over TCP ?
LOL: I just saw that in the IPconfig:

SWAP is right, you need to enable netbios over TCP/IP.
underIceAuthor Commented:
netbios over TCP/IP is as enabled as I can make it: The proper buttons are checked in the nic properties sheet.

Is there another way to force it or to test to see if it's really working?
OK, look again at the IPCONFIG /ALL:

This is what we saw last time:
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :domain.local
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit Controller
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1E-C9-34-32-A9
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
        Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
        DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . :
        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . :
*******(((((( NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled))))))))
        Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Monday, September 26, 2011 9:11:23 PM
        Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, October 04, 2011 9:11:23 PM

If you go into the network adapter properties>> TCP/IP properties>> WINS tab

You are saying Netbios over TCP/IP is enabled??

If so, please provide the output to this command line:

Net Config Redir
Also, while on the WINS tab, disable LMHOST lookup, AND navigate to the DNS tab and check the two boxes to obtain a DNS suffix and register the DNS suffix,. After doing this, go to the command prompt and type: IPconfig /register DNS

If it will not register within DNS, you may have to rejoin the domain with this computer.

It appears you might have a problem with the TCP/IP stack. If all else fails, uninstall and reinstall the Service of "Client for Microsoft Networks" and "File and Printer Sharing". You may have had these enabled without having Netbios enabled and this could mess up the Netbios bind.

If all else fails, we will reset the TCP/IP stack:
underIceAuthor Commented:
ChiefIT: Yes, Netbios over TCP is enabled in the NIC properties. The output you wanted is this:

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.
C:\Documents and Settings\Kay>net config redir
Computer name                        \\DCM77MG1
Full Computer name                   DCM77MG1
User name                            Kay
Workstation active on
Software version                     Windows 2002
Workstation domain                   WORKGROUP
Workstation Domain DNS Name          (null)
Logon domain                         DCM77MG1

COM Open Timeout (sec)               0
COM Send Count (byte)                16
COM Send Timeout (msec)              250
The command completed successfully.

C:\Documents and Settings\Kay>
underIceAuthor Commented:
ChiefIT: I disabled LMHost lookup. The register the DNS suffix box was checked but there was no obtain a DNS suffix check box...

One of the issues here is that I can't join the domain as it can't find the DC.

After uncheckng client for MS networks and P&F sharing rebooting and re-enabling the two, the problem is still there.
OK, so there is your problem. This computer is not seeing the Netbios Name Server for the Netlogon service / Workstation service / Server Service / and RPC locator Service.

Let's check these services:

Go to the run line and type: Services.msc

Look at these services, that should be started and set to automatic:

TCP/IP Netbios Helper

And what is the status of the:
Windows Firewall Service

And is The Time more than 5 minutes out of whack of the DC?

In addition, what Antivirus and Antispyware package are we looking at for this puter? Many AV and AX packages block netbios broadcasts. This will prevent you from seeing the Domain server when trying to join?

Also, is this an imaged machine? If so, have you run Sysprep to individualize this machine from others?

Since this computer is having problems with DNS and Netbios, I think it's about time to explore resetting the TCP/IP stack. To do so, you might go to the command prompt and type this command line:
netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt

When you run the reset command, it rewrites two registry keys that are used by TCP/IP. This has the same result as removing and reinstalling the protocol. The reset command rewrites the following two registry keys:


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underIceAuthor Commented:
The netlogon service is set to manual, the others are set to automatic and are started.

The firewall service was started. Stopping it didn't help.
The time is within a minute of the server (and a couple other workstations)
AV is Symantec Endpoint client....the corp edition. It doesn't include a firewall in the package.
This is not an imaged workstation...
This is the resetlog:
reset   SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netbt\Parameters\Interfaces\Tcpip_{09805F14-D68C-4C45-9783-F8C18DFCA31B}\NetbiosOptions
            old REG_DWORD = 1
deleted SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netbt\Parameters\EnableLmhosts
deleted SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{09805F14-D68C-4C45-9783-F8C18DFCA31B}\IpAutoconfigurationAddress
deleted SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{09805F14-D68C-4C45-9783-F8C18DFCA31B}\IpAutoconfigurationMask
deleted SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{09805F14-D68C-4C45-9783-F8C18DFCA31B}\IpAutoconfigurationSeed
deleted SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\DontAddDefaultGatewayDefault
deleted SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\EnableIcmpRedirect
deleted SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\EnableSecurityFilters
deleted SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\SearchList
deleted SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\UseDomainNameDevolution
reset   Linkage\UpperBind for PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_169B&SUBSYS_02201028&REV_02\4&117729E2&0&00E0.  bad value was:
            REG_MULTI_SZ =
reset   Linkage\UpperBind for ROOT\MS_NDISWANIP\0000.  bad value was:
            REG_MULTI_SZ =

After resetting the IP stack, did you get a new DHCP lease by typing:

IPconfig /release
IPconfig /renew

If so, let's take a look at these outputs:
IPconfig /all
Net Config Redir
Net config Server
Net Config Workstation
symantec endpoint protection has a built in firewall. SEP will block many domain features... Disabling it doesn't help. Sometimes it has to be completely uninstalled. But, there are options to configure the firewall to permit these domain features. Netbios is one of your problems.

Symantec Configurations:

Netbios, by nature is held to the broadcast domain. DNS registration is also a broadcast, and held to the broadcast domain. So, this makes me wonder if this computer is by chance on a VLAN, off the broadcast domain, or working through a VPN/IPsec tunnel.
underIceAuthor Commented:
Ended up with  a reinstall. Leaving this is the KB because there are a lot of goof troubleshooting steps here. Thanks!
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