WINS Server Error

Discussion in 'Server Networking' started by anotherron, Sep 14, 2006.

  1. anotherron

    anotherron Guest

    I have a WINS server on my domain controller. The service is running and the
    management console lists the server (with correct server name and IP address)
    but it reports that the server cannot be located because the network path was
    not found. Any sggestions as how to diagnose and correct the problem?
    anotherron, Sep 14, 2006
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  2. anotherron

    anotherron Guest

    Thanks for the suggestion.

    I checked the browser status using "browstat status', which showed that it
    was running and that I have 2 backup servers, one on an XP machine and the
    other on the domain controller, which is where the master browser is
    running. (Is it normal for browstat to list the broswer as both the master
    and backup?)

    Can you recommend anything else to check or do? Thanks,
    anotherron, Sep 15, 2006
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  3. I would suspect since WINS has the tcp/ip address that this
    is not a name resolution issue e.g., it doesn't need name to tcp/ip
    address translation. Network path not found could also mean
    something is blocking the necessary path to the server. Can you
    successfully map a drive on the problem server from the WINS
    Michael Giorgio - MS MVP, Sep 15, 2006
  4. anotherron

    anotherron Guest

    I tried new view from both the domain/WINS server and another computer on the
    network. Both ran with no problems.
    anotherron, Sep 15, 2006
  5. anotherron

    anotherron Guest

    Thanks for your suggestion, but I am unsure what you want me to do. The
    domain controller and WINS server are on the same machine. I can map drives
    anotherron, Sep 15, 2006
  6. Okay but did you see both machines listed in
    the output?
    Michael Giorgio - MS MVP, Sep 15, 2006
  7. This error message is common when the WINS server itself is not
    configured to point towards itself as the primary and secondary
    WINS server.
    Michael Giorgio - MS MVP, Sep 15, 2006
  8. anotherron

    anotherron Guest

    Yes both machines are listed

    anotherron, Sep 15, 2006
  9. anotherron

    anotherron Guest

    I understand what you are suggesting, but where do I configure WINS to point
    to itself since I cannot do anything with the WINS plugin other than starting
    and stopping the service.
    anotherron, Sep 15, 2006
  10. My bad, I should have explained. You have to add the WINS
    server in the tcp/ip properties / advanced / WINS tab.
    Michael Giorgio - MS MVP, Sep 15, 2006
  11. anotherron

    anotherron Guest


    I had done that but I cannot set the same address for both the primary and
    secondary WINS server. I have some more information about my problem.

    I have a small network that I am able to test all machines. I can do a 'net
    view' from all machine and they list all machines on the network.
    Additionally, I can do a 'net view computer' and 'net view dc' fro each
    machine and it gives the proper information. On some machines, I can do a
    'net view anothermachine' and it works proplerly, but on other machines I get
    either a 54 or 63 error. I'm beginning to think that I may have AD or policy
    issues. Thanks for your help and suggestions
    anotherron, Sep 16, 2006
  12. anotherron

    ms-dog1 Guest


    Please ensure your Remote Registry Service is started. If not, stop WINS
    serrvice, start Remote Registry Service, start WINS service.

    Thanks, Andrea
    ms-dog1, Sep 26, 2006
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