I cannot access my shared folder

I don't have any more hair to pull out.
I have a file server running Server 2003 SP2. I created a folder, shared it with the correct permissions and everything was working fine for months.

Then recently I tried accessing the share and I received this error:

\\ ip address
The specified network name is no longer available.

I get this error whether I use the ip address or the server name.

This is why it is brain racking. I can ping the server and remote into it with absolutely no problems.

I changed the NIC, but that didn't help as I receive the same error.

If anyone can solve my problem or at least tell me what is wrong, I would greatly appreciate the help or advice.

Thanks.
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  1. Can anyone help me?
  2. Firewall?

    Grumpy
  3. Thanks for trying to help me.
    No, there is no firewall. My research says something to do with the tcp.sys file or something like that and reinstalling does not fix the problem.
  4. I found the solution to my problem.
  5. I am mistaken. The solution worked for 3 minutes and then failed as before.

    Can anyone help?
  6. had any updates recently?

    have you tried recreating the share permissions from scratch? (ie delete all shares and permissions, restart machine, redo all shares)
  7. I did. I even formatted the hard drive, reinstalled server 2003 and reshared the folder.

    It worked for the first 10 minutes then refused to allow any connections after that.
  8. are you linking directly to the folder? sometimes that helps

    as in \\ipaddress\myfolder

    not really a solution but might work.
  9. Thanks for trying. I tried that. I tried \\ipaddress, \\servername,
    \\ipaddress\sharename, \\servername\sharename, nothing works.

    What is bothering me is that it works when I format, reinstall and reshare the folder for the first 10 minutes. But after that, it fails to connect.

    When the share fails, I can still remote into the server and also ping the server.

    This is very annoying.
  10. I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but these are in the event viewer.

    The server could not bind to the transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{B6BB1F25-AC56-4063-BCD9-4BB57FFB68AB}.
    EventID: 2504

    The server could not bind to the transport \Device\NetbiosSmb.
    EventID: 2504

    I can ping and remote into the server without fail or hesitation, but I cannot access my shared folder.

    Any help is appreciated. I googled the errors but to no avail. Does anyone know of a solution?

    Thanks.
  11. soundefx said:
    Thanks for trying. I tried that. I tried \\ipaddress, \\servername,
    \\ipaddress\sharename, \\servername\sharename, nothing works.

    What is bothering me is that it works when I format, reinstall and reshare the folder for the first 10 minutes. But after that, it fails to connect.

    When the share fails, I can still remote into the server and also ping the server.

    This is very annoying.



    Hi Soundefx,

    Do you solve your problem already? I have the same problem but I cant also fix it.. If you solve it l aready please tell me where/what is the cause/ solution of this problem.. tnx!

    August
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