I try to do whatever I can, before coming on these boards and asking for help. I try to eliminate the little things (TRY being the opportune word). But here it is:
My issue is with a file share set up on a Windows 7 Pro x64 system. I have a 7 box acting as a file server for an 8 computer environment. I know I'm not at my max simultaneous connections so that's not the issue. The environment consists of 6 Windows 7 boxes and 2 XP. The 7 boxes are fine. No issues. The XP ones will work for a little while but upon booting from being powered down overnight, the cannot find the server. The only way to clear it is to reboot the 7 box. Now I've seen this a few times on these forums and have tried the suggested fixes. All have proven temporary, if impacting at all. I have disabled IP6 on the 7 box. I saw something about clearing the registry for a SMB entry, however when I did this, it caused some sort of issue with the other 7 boxes finding the share. The LAN is not going in to any powersave mode. I am using deny permissions from the 7 box, but only on further nested subfolders. Otherwise everyone is using a local user account (on the 7 box) to access the machine. Call it a pseudo-server of sorts. I have allowed for lower level encryption on the 7 box for the XP machines. I have added EVERYONE to the main share permissions (while still maintaining my deny permissions). I did not disable Password Protected filesharing, as one post suggested, as I wasn't sure what that would do for my permissions. The XP machines are patched and updated to current. No firewall locally or on the 7 box, nor virus software that would impede connection.
I'm at a loss. Believe me, I scoured these boards and others trying to find a solution before presenting this. And I've seen a few people battle with this and emerge victorious. Their fixes, though, just don't seem to work for me (unless I'm doing something wrong, in which case, TEACH ME!!!). Please help!!!
Thank you so much for your time reading this.