Mapp \\localhost\share does not work but \\computername\share does.

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Martin Rådbo, Oct 30, 2005.

  1. This must be simple but I really can not get it right.

    I've got a Win2k server, IP-number and some shared directories.
    Working only locally on this machine (to make it simple when discussing it
    with you). It works fine to connect to \\computername\share and also
    \\\share and even \\\share but it does not work when
    trying to connect to \\localhost\share

    But making a ping request to localhost works fine so the name resolution
    itself seems to work. I have also tried to put a line in either 'hosts' or
    'lmhosts' like:
    << test #PRE>>
    but that gives the same result, it does work to ping "test" but connecting
    to \\test\share is impossible.

    I've also tried with a WinXP prof computer with exactly the same result.
    Any idea? My real situation is that I am having two IIS servers there the
    websites points to \\fileserver\share at both servers but since the files is
    local on both machines I simply want to make a line in the lmhosts-file at
    every server, pointing to its own IP-nr. This way I can have both
    IIS-servers pointing to their local files but anyway I will be able to copy
    IIS-config between the two servers without problem.

    Anyone having a sollution?

    Best regards
    Martin Rådbo
    Teknologia (Sweden)
    Martin Rådbo, Oct 30, 2005
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  2. Use this syntax:

    net use s: \\%ComputerName%\share
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Oct 31, 2005
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  3. Martin Rådbo

    Charlie Tame Guest

    You should be able to find a file called HOSTS - no extension, just HOSTS.

    It should contain the following default text... if it's missing the
    localhost entry add it and see if that makes a difference.

    Starts below here.....

    # Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
    # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
    # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
    # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
    # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
    # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
    # space.
    # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
    # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
    # For example:
    # # source server
    # # x client host localhost
    Charlie Tame, Oct 31, 2005
  4. The file "hosts" does contain the mapping for localhost, i.e.
    << localhost>>

    I've tried to put the name resolving thing at many different places now,
    -dns server
    -wins server

    and in all cases the name resolution does work, i.e., when pinging the name
    it does resolve the ip-nummer. Perfekt!!!
    But, connecting to that name in any way, for example in Explorer I simply
    wrote \\name it does not work.
    Maybe it is a MS-stupid-limitation that the "calling name" and the
    computername must be the same if it should work.

    %computername% is one sollution, I will try if it works smoothly with my IIS
    server to point my websites to \\%computername%\sharename

    Any other ideas?

    Martin Rådbo, Oct 31, 2005
  5. Sorry Guys you can't connect to the share using localhost as it is not the
    NetBIOS name of the computer. Use %Computername% if you wish to use the local
    Wendel Hamilton, Oct 31, 2005
  6. Just to bu sure,

    is it totally impossible to connect to a name which has the correct IP-nr of
    the box but not the correct name. ?

    I.e. the netbios-name of the PC is "homer", IP-nr and in DNS I
    have also manually put a connection between the name "bart" and
    Is it the true fact that I will never be able to mount any thing by

    %computername% works when mapping drives, but not then pointing a website in
    IIS 5.0 to a share. I need a solution for that.

    // Martin

    "Wendel Hamilton" <> skrev i
    Martin Rådbo, Oct 31, 2005
  7. Have you tried \\\ShareName

    Pegasus \(MVP\), Oct 31, 2005
  8. Wendel Hamilton, Oct 31, 2005
  9. Have you tried \\\ShareName

    Yes, it works fine. The reason why I think that \\bart\sharename is a better
    solution is that in case of the need to point all websites to a fileserver
    in the future, all I would have to do would be to change the settings for
    CNAME-record "bart" in my dns server.

    But maybe I have to realize that I can not get it all and therefor ends up
    with using anyway.

    Still I think it is a stupid MS thing not to be able to user anything else
    than the real Netbios name for a cumputer.

    // Martin
    Martin Rådbo, Oct 31, 2005
  10. Jag föreslår att du försöker ta reda på hur Microsoft
    utvecklade sin implementation av NetBIOS i stället för
    att kalla den "dum". Kanske finns det en tvingande
    anledning att inte tilllåta något alias namn.
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Oct 31, 2005
  11. Då fortsätter jag väl på svenska då...

    Jag tycker att en MS-maskin kunde svara utan att netbios-namnet var korrekt
    vilket inte är samma sak som att jag tycker att den borde kunna ha flera

    Martin Rådbo, Oct 31, 2005
  12. thanks for sharing this with us, so we can learn from it too....;)

    I speak 6 languages, but this is not one of them....

    good luck,

    Eric Denekamp
    Eric Denekamp, Oct 31, 2005
  13. oh, and none are part of VS.NET....

    good luck,

    Eric Denekamp
    Eric Denekamp, Oct 31, 2005
  14. Sorry for that.

    The two messages in swedish briefly:

    Nr1: You should not complain on MS, since there are probably a reason for
    why one machine can have just one name.

    Nr2: Was my answer describing that it would be okej with just one name if
    the machine just would answer a request coming from another name.

    Again sorry for the swedish language.

    // Martin
    Martin Rådbo, Oct 31, 2005
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