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Cannot connect to server 2003 share

Hi,

This is really bugging us. We have a simple workgroup with server 2003 and a few shares. 9 or so computers could connect to a mapped drive no problem yesterday. About mid day 4 of the machines lost connection. We've researched and tried a number of fixes to no avail.

We can connect to the server using \\server ip address and we do receive a \\computername\username and password challenge but none of the known good users or passwords allow us to actually log in. We can connect and log in using RDP from machines in question using the server IP but not the server name.  

We cannot connect using \\server name\share and we get an error message. Additionally the server does not show in network places and cannot be found when browsing for a drive. All other machines on the network are visible to the machines that cannot access the server share so we don't think it's a switch routing issue (also because we are prompted to login when using server Ip)  

We have: verified NetBIOS, restarted computer browser, set lm & ntlm, turned off offline file sync, checked for hidden in registry and flushed the dns cache all without resolution.

We have not been able to restart the server as there are users actively connected.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
Windows Server 2003Microsoft Legacy OSMicrosoft Server OS

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8/22/2022 - Mon
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Much appreciated. We will run through suggestions first thing in the morning and report back - Thanks.
herm paul

make sure netloggon service is running.
sio2y

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Thanks for the input, unfortunately nothing has worked. We have also rebooted the server which has resulted in all users being locked out. We have reset the passwords on the shares and seem to be able to connect to the server using \\Server_ip_address but get an error message that the password is incorrect at login.

Currently we can only RDP into the server...now were in a real pickle.

Any other suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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Hold on - the one thing we didn't do was check the time...... and lo and behold.....

It worked - heck yeah!!!

Thank you!