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Windows SBS 2008 Connectivity problem?


So I have a small office network with 5 clients and 1 server running SBS 2008.

My problem all started when I wanted to view the event logs of one of the client machines from the server.

I was unable to do this so followed some troubleshooting advice on the interent. This led me to find that I could view the event logs of 2 clients but the other 3 gave me the error 'RPC Server unavailable'

I checked all of the firewall settings which were fine, so decided to delve a bit deeper.

I then noticed that in the computer section of SBS console the 3 computers that i cannot view the event logs for are not showing as online they are showing as: 'Online - unable to query infromation for this computer'

I then followed the troubleshooting tips in this article:


And I reached the comment on runnung net view \\workstationname

I have done this and I receive the error

"system 53 error occured. Network Path was not found."

I have now reached a point where I am not supposed to go next. I presume all of my problems are related.

All computers have been joined to the domian in the same way and all are running the same antivirus software. So it seems strange that 3 out of 5 are having problems.

oh, one more thing that may help you is that I am also unable to ping the 3 computers from the server.

Any help would be much appreaciated.



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the computers are not connected to the network, have DNS problem or have firewall enabled. also notice that stopped firewall service is not the same as started while the firewall is set to off.
are you using dhcp?
Brandon2k1Author Commented:
Thanks for the comment. It appears that mcafee firewall was to blame.

One of the settings appeared to have changed itself back and was causing the issue.

It was your comment that led me to go back and double check all of that so I will award full points.

One quick thing though.... Would you have expected this to cause a problem with it applying group policy?
Darius GhassemCommented:
Are you using SEP?
i would not suspect GPO unless there are some special options for MCafee which have been installed to allow these special GPOs to be set.

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