SBS 2011 RWA to clients - "connection is disabled"

Posted on 2012-09-03
Last Modified: 2012-11-29
Just finished a long weekend of migrating from SBS2003 to SBS2011 (with about 10 clients). All went fairly well (a few small issues, but that's always expected).

I have RWA working, but I have one issue:  when I use RWA to try to connect, about 3 or 4 of the client PCs are listed as "connection is disabled" -- however, I am still able to successfully connect to those PCs.  I've looked at the basic stuff such as firewall settings, is remote access disabled, etc.  These PCs are set up exactly the same as the PCs which are listed as "available". See attaached screen capture.

It's wierd that I can connect to them even though they are listed as "disabled", but seeing the big red "disabled" button is discouraging. I'd like them to show up as available, since apparently they are available.

Any ideas what else to look at ?
Question by:adladladl
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    I noticed you checked "remote access" in firewall settings what happens if you "reset" the firewall on the affected machines?
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    Maybe the Policies haven't updated.
    You could wait or run gpupdate /force.


    Author Comment

    We actually have the Windows Firewall disabled on all clients at this time, and we still see some as "disabled" (even though we CAN still connect to them).
    Not sure what else to look at.
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    perhaps try running these command in this order, from an elevated command prompt on each workstation

    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew
    netsh int ip reset
    netsh winsock reset
    reboot computer

    the if that doesn't fix it

    gpupdate /force

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    Glad it worked.


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