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Solved: XP/Vista File Sharing DNS issue - I think!

Discussion in 'Networking' started by rsoftley, Mar 10, 2009.

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  1. rsoftley

    rsoftley Thread Starter

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    Hi folks,

    I'm new here so please be nice to me! Been wrestling with this problem for months now and finally figured that I need some help.

    I've a small home network - two XP machines and one Vista. The XP machines are behaving well but XP to Vista (or vice versa) ISN'T. Everything was working fine up until three months ago when my partner updated Vista - file and printer sharing were working perfectly then suddenly nothing.

    I've now got it back to the point where I can access the shared folders on either machine using the IP address (\\192.168.0.2\Public) but not the computer name. This also means I can't browse the network - I get a 'MSHOME is not accessible...' message. Clearly it's not a permissions issue as the IP address is working.

    I've tried changing the node type to Broadcast in the registry, but this hasn't made any difference

    Obviously this isn't a major issue but as my router changes each machine's IP, it's going to mean work for me on a regular basis!!

    Oh, both machines are only using Windows Firewall - and I've tried it with that disabled.

    Many thanks,

    Robert
     
  2. TerryNet

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    Sounds like a problem with a non-Windows firewall on the Vista.

    Please show for all machines involved ...

    Start, Run, CMD, OK to open a command prompt:
    (For Vista type CMD in the Search box after Start)

    Type the following commands:

    nbtstat -n

    IPCONFIG /ALL

    [Note that there is no space between the slash and ALL.]

    Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
    Paste the results in a message here.

    If necessary use a text file and removable media to copy the results to a computer with internet access.
     
  3. rsoftley

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    Hey - thanks for the quick response!

    As far as I can see, there are no other firewalls - but I'll hunt further.

    OK, as requested;

    Output from XP machine -

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    C:\Documents and Settings\Mr Softley>nbtstat -n

    Local Area Connection 2:
    Node IpAddress: [192.168.0.2] Scope Id: []

    NetBIOS Local Name Table

    Name Type Status
    ---------------------------------------------
    MESH <00> UNIQUE Registered
    MSHOME <00> GROUP Registered
    MESH <20> UNIQUE Registered
    MSHOME <1E> GROUP Registered

    Bluetooth Network Connection:
    Node IpAddress: [0.0.0.0] Scope Id: []

    No names in cache

    C:\Documents and Settings\Mr Softley>ipconfig /all

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Mesh
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-E0-18-99-88-77
    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.2
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : 10 March 2009 3:53:28 pm
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : 13 March 2009 3:53:28 pm

    Ethernet adapter Bluetooth Network Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Netw
    ork) #3
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-E0-98-CC-9E-49
    _____________________________________________________


    Output from Vista
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    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6001]
    Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\Users\Nathan>nbtstat -n

    Local Area Connection:
    Node IpAddress: [0.0.0.0] Scope Id: []

    No names in cache

    Wireless Network Connection:
    Node IpAddress: [192.168.0.7] Scope Id: []

    NetBIOS Local Name Table

    Name Type Status
    ---------------------------------------------
    NATHAN <00> UNIQUE Registered
    MSHOME <00> GROUP Registered
    MSHOME <1E> GROUP Registered
    NATHAN <20> UNIQUE Registered
    MSHOME <1D> UNIQUE Registered
    ..__MSBROWSE__.<01> GROUP Registered

    C:\Users\Nathan>ipconfig /all

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Nathan
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Peer-Peer
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 4321AG 802.11a/b/g/draft-n Wi-Fi
    Adapter
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1A-73-7F-91-9E
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.7(Preferred)
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : 09 March 2009 6:37:43 pm
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : 13 March 2009 9:08:41 am
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1B-24-33-FB-33
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 12:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 02-00-54-55-4E-01
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:0:d5c7:a2d6:858:253a:3f57:fff8(Prefe
    rred)
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::858:253a:3f57:fff8%14(Preferred)
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : ::
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 10:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.domain_not_set.invalid
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 9:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{4C84A59B-A1BC-48EF-8467-4EF896ED7
    54D}
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 11:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    C:\Users\Nathan>
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  4. TerryNet

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  5. rsoftley

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    Hey,

    Thanks for the response - sorry it took me a week to get back but I only have limited access to the Vista PC.

    I've tried to install the above fix but it keeps saying that it's not for the version of Vista that I have. I tried fixing it manually usaing the registry edits but these don't appear to have made a difference.

    Yet the plot thickens...!

    I definitely think it's a node issue given the following. To outline the setup;

    Main PC - XP - Broadcast node
    2nd PC - Vista - Peer to peer node

    When I introduce 3rd PC - XP - Hybrid node - everything works perfectly, so I assume this 3rd PC is acting as the DNS resolver for the network? This 3rd PC is a company laptop so there's a limit to what I can do with it and when it's on the network.

    So my question is - given it's primarily a two system network (with an additional 3rd plus phones using wifi, etc), what node types should the first two PCs be? Is it simply a case of setting the node type in the registry or is there more to it than that?

    Many thanks,

    Robert
     
  6. TerryNet

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    When you do the registry edits do NOT use value 2. Use any other value; zero is good.
     
  7. rsoftley

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    Many, many thanks for your help - the nodes are now 'Unknown' but everything is working perfectly.

    Thanks again

    Robert
     
  8. TerryNet

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    Good! :) Sorry about the earlier confusion I caused. I didn't read carefully and, hence, did not realize that article was implying to use value 2. :(
     
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