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Cannot view windows 2008 from explorer

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#1 purge11


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:58 AM

Hi there,

Hope someone can help me or at least give me some tips. Two things really.
I have this test windows 2008 r2 server. I can connect to the internet on this server.
However my client xp machine, cannot see the server via windows explorer.
I can however ping the windows 2008 r2 server. Using the servers ip of

Another thing is I cannot also remote to the server on the internal LAN. Using RDP.
I am thinking do I have a DNS problem?

How can I resolve? Eventually, I want a machine to join this domain so I can test user logins.

I can provide other details if requested.


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Posted 23 April 2012 - 12:59 PM

Is the server setup as a domian controller? If it is then the XP machine will need to join the domain before it can see the server or use RDP. When you try to use RDP what kind of error do you get? If there isn't a domain then both machines will need to be a member of the same workgroup in order to see each other.

RDP only uses DNS if you are trying to connect by server name. Try connecting by server IP to see if that helps. If it doesn't then the problem isn't related to DNS.
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