Windows 98 PCs not able to browse network but connects to the server....

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Steven Monacoli, Nov 4, 2004.

  1. All,

    I have a 6 node SBS 2003 network - 4 XP-Pro boxes and 2 98 boxes. Server
    and client computers are behind a router.
    I am not able to browse the network, nor connect to the shared printers
    hanging off the server on either 98 machine. Keep getting error message:
    "Not able to browse network. The network is not accessible"
    What's strange is that both 98 machines have users logging into the network.
    Both users logon to the domain. (have it setup as logon to NT domain). I can
    see the login script execute....and both users network drive gets
    established. Yet, when I try to add a shared printer attached to the server,
    or browse the network in Neighborhood or Explorer, I get the "
    not accessible" error.
    Having no problem with the XP pcs. Both 98 boxes have the user and client
    computer setup on the SBS server. Double checked the pre2000 domain name in
    the workgroup and NT domain screen to the pre2000 domain in active
    directory. It's set correctly. I tried blowing away the TCP/IP stack and
    windows networking, then re-creating. . Have tried deleting the 2 users and
    client computers, then re-creating. Even tried enabling DNS using the server
    as the host. Tried enabling then removing file and print sharing. Nothing is
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks very much,
    Steven Monacoli, Nov 4, 2004
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  2. Steven Monacoli

    Wes Guest

    Hi Steve,

    Have you installed the updated Directory Services Client Hotfix (Q323466)?
    You can get it free by calling PSS.

    You should also disable SMB signing. Both and have good instructions on how to do this.

    You should also make sure that NetBIOS over TCP/IP is enabled on the Server
    and WINS is installed and working properly. Configure your Windows 98
    clients to use SBS WINS server. If your clients are set to DHCP they should
    get this information automatically.

    Better still, upgrade those Windows 98 boxes to Windows XP Pro. It really
    is worth the additional cost.

    Kind regards,

    Wes, Nov 4, 2004
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  3. Wes,

    Thanks very much!
    I'll check out your suggestions.

    Yes, I have told my boss about upgrading the last 2 PCs to XP.....I should
    probably be a little more presausive.
    Netbios is enabled on the server, and all the PCs. All are set to DHCP.

    Thanks again,
    Steven Monacoli, Nov 5, 2004
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