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windows 8 cannot map network drive using \\hostname\Volume against windows server

    Question

  • I have a home network consistsing of the following computers/OS

    Desktop running Wndows 7

    Laptop running Windows 7

    Fileserver running Windows Server 2008 R2

    Fileserver running Windows Server 2012

    I hav shared drives on all these computers an cross-mapped network drives without problems.

    I recently purchased a Surface Pro running Windows 8.

    On this computer I could map network drives using \\Hostname\Share against my Windows 7 Machines but not against any of the Windows Server Machines. Against those I could only use \\IP\Share to map network drives.

    My Windows 7 laptop could map against the servers using \\hostname\Share.

    This seems to be some configuration issue. Is it on the Windows 8 machine or is it on the Windows server Machines and what is the problem?

    Saturday, August 03, 2013 6:17 PM

Answers

  • Hello Jörgen,
    it shouldn't be related to OS Version. Could you check if NetBIOS over IP on network connection is enabled on Surface Pro ? Then I suggest to read:

    Are you using DHCP, DNS ?

    Bye,
    Luca


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    Monday, August 05, 2013 8:17 PM
  • Cannot access Windows Server systems via host name seems be a NetBIOS/DNS related issue. However if it is just a NetBIOS issue, it should not able to access Windows 7 as well so it is a little strange.

    Whether all computers are in a same subnet? If file servers are in a different subnet, NetBIOS will not work as it use broadcast to search for the target server. 


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    Tuesday, August 06, 2013 2:32 AM
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  • Hello Jörgen,
    it shouldn't be related to OS Version. Could you check if NetBIOS over IP on network connection is enabled on Surface Pro ? Then I suggest to read:

    Are you using DHCP, DNS ?

    Bye,
    Luca


    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights. | Whenever you see a helpful reply, click on "Vote As Helpful" & click on "Mark As Answer" if a post answers your question.

    Monday, August 05, 2013 8:17 PM
  • Cannot access Windows Server systems via host name seems be a NetBIOS/DNS related issue. However if it is just a NetBIOS issue, it should not able to access Windows 7 as well so it is a little strange.

    Whether all computers are in a same subnet? If file servers are in a different subnet, NetBIOS will not work as it use broadcast to search for the target server. 


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    Tuesday, August 06, 2013 2:32 AM
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  • How are things going? Please let us know if there is any progress.

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    Monday, August 19, 2013 2:04 AM
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