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Our OS is Windows Server 2008 R2. We are running a backup server on SERVER1. It runs as a service. We need it to access network shares on two other local machines (SERVER2 which is Windows Server 2003 and SERVER3 which is Server 2008) which are NOT on the same domain.

All three servers have a common username and password in order to grant share access. The service then runs using that shared username and password. We are encountering the following issues:

  1. There seems to be times when the network connection to SERVER2 just drops or cannot connect. This might be due to a faulty enclosure on SERVER2, but we get these errors even when local access on SERVER2 seems fine.
  2. We are having trouble getting the service to access SERVER3 at all. Maybe it's a minor config issue? We just started working on that problem.

Are we doing this correctly? Could one of the servers being Windows Server 2003 be part of the problem?

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What backup software are you using? – Nic Feb 4 '12 at 21:58

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