troubleshooting Question

Win 7 shares: The local device name is already in use

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Peter HowarthFlag for United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland asked on
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Good morning.

IT Manager here but strange issue with my home network that I've yet to solve.

Four client PCs (Two Win 7 Pro, Two Win10) and a Win7 Pro "server" with file shares and 3rd party spam software.  

Three clients work fine, no issues.

On my main PC (Win 7 Pro) every now and again, maybe a fortnight, maybe a month, my mapped drives will fail:

"An error occured while reconnecting N: to \\server\share.   Microsoft Windows Network: The local device name is already in use.  This connection has not been restored."

Trying to browse to \\server results in:  "The specified server cannot perform the requested operation."

The only solution i've found is to restart the server, but it's a pain and I want to solve it.  

Any guidance as to where to look?

Peter Howarth
IT Network Manager

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