Server Access Problems

By Prophet ยท 4 replies
Dec 2, 2006
  1. Hi all,

    I hope that someone can assist me...

    My situation:

    I am running a small network. It consists of 3 pcs (2 win xp home and 1 win 95), a server (win2k stand alone server), and a wireless laptop.

    The problem:

    The WIN XP home machines do not see the server when browsing the network through the explorer, and the server cannot see the WIN XP home pc's when browsing the network through explorer.

    This issue did not happen till I had to rebuild the server machine.

    The server is a Win2k Server, stand alone. It is not promoted to a primary domain controller (maybe I should promote it). When I try to view the network I cannot, but if I connect using map network drive, this functions ok.

    When I am using one of the Win XP Home pcs to browse the network, they can see the other win xp home pcs, but not the server. And again, if I use map network drive to the server, it connects fine.

    At the same time, I use robocopy to copy my data to the server, as a backup, because being at university, I do not want to loose my data, I have already been there and lost it once, and do not want to go through that again. However, I think due to the network issue I am having, I am getting this error:

    New File 0 MountPointManagerRemoteDatabase 04:00 -> 04:00
    ERROR 5 (0x00000005) Copying File D:\System Volume Information\MountPointManagerRemoteDatabase
    Access is denied.

    When I look at the disk manager on the win2k server, it tells me the layout for the drive I am copying to is simple... is there anyway to change that?

    Here are the system summaries for WIN xp and Win2k Server:

    System Information report written at: 02/12/2006 15:33:02
    [System Summary]

    Item Value
    OS Name Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
    Version 5.0.2195 Service Pack 4 Build 2195
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Name EXODUS
    System Manufacturer System Integrator
    System Model Intel 440BX
    System Type X86-based PC

    Processor x86 Family 6 Model 5 Stepping 2 GenuineIntel ~349 Mhz

    BIOS Version Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
    Windows Directory C:\WINNT
    System Directory C:\WINNT\system32
    Boot Device \Device\Harddisk0\Partition1
    Locale United States
    User Name EXODUS\Administrator
    Time Zone GMT Standard Time
    Total Physical Memory 81,396 KB
    Available Physical Memory 5,148 KB
    Total Virtual Memory 659,700 KB
    Available Virtual Memory 406,612 KB
    Page File Space 578,304 KB
    Page File C:\pagefile.sys

    NOTE: I cannot change the locale... I tried in regional settings and it says UK.

    WIN XP HOME Summary:
    System Information report written at: 12/02/06 15:07:22
    System Name: GENESIS
    [System Summary]

    Item Value
    OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Name GENESIS
    System Manufacturer Shuttle Inc
    System Model SB83V10
    System Type X86-based PC

    Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1 GenuineIntel ~3013 Mhz

    Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1 GenuineIntel ~3013 Mhz

    BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 12/05/2005
    SMBIOS Version 2.2

    Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
    System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
    Locale United Kingdom

    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"

    User Name GENESIS\Shaun
    Time Zone GMT Standard Time
    Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
    Available Physical Memory 119.50 MB
    Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
    Page File Space 1.20 GB
    Page File C:\pagefile.sys

    If anyone can help me please, I will be grateful. I do not wish to rebuild the server, but if needs must be, then so be it...

    Thank you.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Well, pretty obvious - are the computers in the same workgroup?

    Did you enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP on the server?
  3. Sjbrand99

    Sjbrand99 Banned Posts: 260

    Im confused. Is this a "new" problem after your rebuild? Have you had this before, whenche why you rebuilt?
  4. Prophet

    Prophet TS Rookie Topic Starter

    NetBIOS and why to rebuild

    Firstly, the rebuild... I installed something and it messed up on an uninstall... and the server would not boot... therefore a rebuild was necessary. It is not a true server, just a stand alone that is part of a network.

    The problem only occurred after the rebuild and was not there before. It is a new problem.

    Secondly, the netbios over tcp/ip is enabled.

    Three things happened more or less simultaneously, and because they did, I am not sure where the cause lies...

    1/. I have a new router from BT and put this in for broadband for the 3 pcs

    2/. The win xp home pc I use, I have had to restore to factory settings... the reason for this was I installed a game that crashed and would not work, so I uninstalled but it stopped the keyboard from functioning. And this uses a special program that has to be invoked before windows starts up and it restores everything, removing my data... and such like things

    3/. The server had to be rebuilt

    NOTE: I put a new hard drive in after the problems, and perhaps the issue with backups not functioning is probably due to the initial problems, though I am not sure. I have considered to do a rebuild of the server, and my win xp machine to see if it gets rectified but was hoping that I did not need to do that if I can avoid it.
  5. Prophet7

    Prophet7 TS Rookie

    Well first things first I suppose, have you checked:
    subnet/IP - Auto or Static
    File and Printer Sharing turned on?
    Can you ping from a cmd prompt the PC you are using as a Server? (to or from)

    My apologies to anyone who cares, for not checking the thread dates.
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