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Why can't I see my server using NetBIOS utilities?

I have a Windows 2000 server running ISA and DHCP. There are three workstations running Windows 2000 connected to it throught a switch. From the workstations I can ping the server, receive an IP address from the DHCP, resolve the servers IP, use ISA to do FTP, Internet etc. -- But I cannot see the server in network neighborhood, cannot map a share using the Net use command or connect to the server through any other means.

On the server side I can see all the workstations and connect to all the shares. Why?

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Not being able to see a firewall/proxy server using NetBIOS utilities like a browser is a good thing, not a bad thing. I'm sure you have a configuration setting on the ISA server that has blocked Server Message Block (SMB) connections. You should be able to configure the trusted interface in ISA to accept SMB.

This was first published in January 2002

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