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One of our servers had a complete raid outtage and we had to reinstall it. After the reinstallation with a Windows Server 2003 SP1 CD and the upgrade to SP2 afterwards I'm not able to connect a shared network drive on the server over it's IP address. Yes, only, over it's ip... A connection over its hostname or fqdn is working.

I did not try to connect to the Windows Server prior the SP2 installation. The acutal windows version is: Version 5.2 (Build 3790.srv03_sp2_gdr.100216-1301 : Service Pack 2)

Here are the net use examples. The connections were made from a server in the same domain and ip subnet.

net use U: \\192.168.1.2\d$
System error 67 has occurred.
The network name cannot be found.

net use U: \\hostname\d$ 
The command completed successfully.

net use U: \\hostname.fqdn.com\d$
The command completed successfully.

If I try to connect to the server from a computer which is in another domain and ip subnet I get another error message (connection from client to server is possible):

net use U: \\192.168.1.2\d$
System error 59 has occurred. 
An unexpected network error occurred.

net use U: \\hostname\d$ 
System error 59 has occurred. 
An unexpected network error occurred.

net use U: \\hostname.fqdn.com\d$
System error 59 has occurred. 
An unexpected network error occurred.

The dns resolution works fine, and I've already rejoined the server into the domain. Could it be any issue with netbios ? Or do you now a method to debug the network share connection more detailed ?

The hardware looks OK. DELL OpenManage is installed and does not report any errors. The newest drivers for the Intel NIC is installed.

Thank you very much for your help, I have never seen such an issue before and do not know how to collect more information for the error.

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After debugging this issue for nearly a week we've installed the newest NIC drivers. Unfortunately this didn't really help either so a Windows Repair from the Windows Server 2003 SP1 installation CD was executed and the Service Pack 2 installed again.

And suddenly it works ;-)

I'm pretty sure that some dll's were corrupted.

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