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Newly created files on 2011 SBSE shares not visible

Thought I was out for a routine server deployment today, but Ive run into something strange. I used the connect site on all my clients to join them to the 2011 SBS Essentials server. I can see the server and the shares. If I create shares or folders on the server (as admin obviously) I can see them on the clients. If I open Explorer and browse to a share (say \\server\company) and then try to add a file (or right click and create New file or folder) it acts like its added, but I cant see it. Moreover, if I try to add it again I get an error. If I go look on the server I can see the file or folder that I just tried to create IS there (Its also there if I just go to another PC). It doesnt seem to matter what PC I try this on, or what user. The Share is set to Full Control for Everyone, and the Security permissions for the folders are set to give Domain Users modify rights. Originally the permissions were of course each individual user having full access. Altering this doesnt seem to affect the outcome one way or the other.

I tried creating a new share instead of the default shares that came with the server, but the outcome was the same.

Thoughts? Good google search phrases? Ive googled around, thinking Id find something surely, but got nothing. Perhaps my googlefu is weak.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
If you create a folder or file from the PC and then press F5 (refresh) does it appear?  There is a known issue, with no solution, of explorer not properly refreshing.
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Eric_PriceAuthor Commented:
No, pressing the refresh button doesnt resolve the issue. Heck, even rebooting doesnt resolve the issue. the files are there, but the client seems oblivious.
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Eric_PriceAuthor Commented:
In addition, logging in as a domain administrator account to the user workstation yields the same results. Files visible while looking directly at them on the server hard drive (ie the D drive of SERVER) are not visible when viewed through the server share (\\SERVER\Company)

IF I go in to the server and force the permissions down from the top it makes the files visible to the end client, but doesnt resolve the issue. Any newly added / created files from the client PC are once again invisible to said client (but as usual visible while on the server).

Seriously. Bizarre.
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Eric_PriceAuthor Commented:
ok, if I drop to a command prompt and do an xcopy /e of a directory on the local drive with multiple files and folders to the S: drive Ive mapped to \\SERVER\Company it seems to copy the first directory and its files correctly, but then it stops with an error on the second folder. That error is

File creation error - The system cannot find the file specified. Unable to create directory - S:\network 12 File(s) copied.
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Eric_PriceAuthor Commented:
There is no offline files and no folder redirection at this point. The clients are all 64 bit Win7Pro on I3 or better PCs. The clients see themselves as being on a domain network

 If I run the xcopy command again and tell it to overwrite, it makes it through the next folder (ie network) and crashes again when it goes to create the folder after that. Run it again and it copies files until it goes to create the NEXT folder, and so on and so forth. Seems pretty consistent.

This TOTALLY looks like a bug, but I cant imagine whats unique about this environment that would go unnoticed by other SBSE implementers for so long after release.
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Eric_PriceAuthor Commented:
Ive learned that the lone XP machine joined to this new domain seems to work just fine.
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Eric_PriceAuthor Commented:
And a Windows Vista Home Premium machine mapped to \\192.168.x.x\Company works perfectly well too after you give it some good domain credentials
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Eric_PriceAuthor Commented:
ok, Ive worked out that turning off the Windows Firewall resolves the issue. Obviously, thats not a long term solution. Whats left makes no sense though.  I reset the firewall rules to their default settings, and the problem returns.

Domain Profile is Active
Windows Firewall is On
inbound connections that do not match a rule are blocked
outbound connections that do not match a rule are allowed.

There are no Block actions on the outbound connections of the Domain Profile (meaning everything trying to get out should go)

What do I have to open up inbound for this to work? Why is this even necessary?
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Probably one of necessary ports for file sharing is blocked.  I had 1 SBS with some file share problems once, no idea why as it was a new clean install.  File and print sharing needs
TCP 139 & 445
UDP 137 & 138
TCP 53 for DNS
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Eric_PriceAuthor Commented:
Meh, turned out not to be the firewall after all. Just a random occurence of where it appeared to be working correctly. GRUMBLE GRUMBLE. lol

So... if I right click and say New Folder in one of the shares, and wait... at least 3 minutes and then press F5 it WILL eventually show up. If I right click and try to make a New Folder before that one shows up it will cause Explorer to crash and restart.

I joined my own personal PC to their network (Win 7 Pro) and it adds files and folders perfectly well. Its a HP Dual Core Probook 4710s.

If I go to a broken Win7PC and create a New Folder, I can look immediately at my Win7laptop and see it. If I then immediately make another folder from MY Win7PC it will show up AND the ready-to-be-edited Folder previously created by the broken Win7PC will show up on THAT PC, ready to be renamed.

There are no new drivers for either of the two types of cards in the broken Win7 PCs.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
The following is a known issue hat is somewhat related:
http://blog.mpecsinc.ca/2011/08/windows-7-network-files-not-showing-up.html
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