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    #1 PINKTULIP

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    Posted 20 February 2012 - 09:09 AM

    I have just rebuilt my desktop PC, with a new SSD, and wanted to do a fresh build rather than a restore from a backup.

    The PC is all fine and dandy, but I cannot get the connector software to find my home server.

    I have a win7 ultimate PC
    Netbios is in place on both server and PC
    I can see the server on my network,
    I can browse to the Shares on my home server
    I can RDP into my homeserver
    I can ping its IP address from my PC
    I can ping my PC from my homeserver (whilst RDP'd in)

    I have tried running the connector software from the server and directly from the PC by copying the files locally

    IN addition if i go to servername/connect i get a 'cannot connect' error

    My broadband router is the DHCP server and all devices are set to get an IP address from the DHCP server.

    I cannot think of anything else to try.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Edited by PINKTULIP, 20 February 2012 - 09:09 AM.

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    #2 jmwills

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    Posted 20 February 2012 - 09:16 AM

    Temporarily disable any anti-virus running to see if this helps along with checking your firewall rules. There are two ways to find the server, either by hostname or IP, does neither work? You might be able to trick the client by first ampping a network drive to the server and then trying to install the connector.

    Just some random things to try.
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    Posted 20 February 2012 - 09:33 AM

    I have disabled Av and Windows firewall and Router Firewall - no help

    I have mapped NW drives - no help

    I have not tried to connect via IP address though, how do you do this?

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    Posted 20 February 2012 - 09:56 AM

    The connector software will ask for either a hostname or IP address.
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    #5 PINKTULIP

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    Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:30 AM

    The connector only allows me to enter a name, not an ip
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    #6 ikon

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    Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:19 PM

    I have not tried to connect via IP address though, how do you do this?


    Instead of typing http://servername/connect, type http://IPaddress/connect
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    #7 Greg Welch

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    Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:50 PM

    I have just rebuilt my desktop PC, with a new SSD, and wanted to do a fresh build rather than a restore from a backup.

    The PC is all fine and dandy, but I cannot get the connector software to find my home server.

    I have a win7 ultimate PC
    Netbios is in place on both server and PC
    I can see the server on my network,
    I can browse to the Shares on my home server
    I can RDP into my homeserver
    I can ping its IP address from my PC
    I can ping my PC from my homeserver (whilst RDP'd in)

    I have tried running the connector software from the server and directly from the PC by copying the files locally

    IN addition if i go to servername/connect i get a 'cannot connect' error

    My broadband router is the DHCP server and all devices are set to get an IP address from the DHCP server.

    I cannot think of anything else to try.

    Any help would be much appreciated.


    use this it works every time

    Windows Server Solutions Find My Server Wizard

    http://www.microsoft...s.aspx?id=23621

    Link
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    #8 jmwills

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    Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:53 PM

    Since this is a new install, is the machine "fully" patched?
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    #9 Greg Welch

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    Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:59 PM

    Instead of typing http://IPaddress/connect


    and if my link above doesnt work , go into router look for server ip and use ikons suggestion :)
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    Posted 20 February 2012 - 04:25 PM

    and if my link above doesnt work , go into router look for server ip and use ikons suggestion :)


    LOL :D
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    Posted 24 May 2012 - 03:24 AM

    Hello all!!


    I have a win7 ultimate.
    I am experiencing a similar issue. However, I can install the connector software, and open it initially. Once I restart the machine, it will never connect again.

    I have also tried....


    Netbios is in place on both server and PC
    I can see the server on my network,
    I can browse to the Shares on my home server
    I can RDP into my homeserver
    I can ping its IP address from my PC
    I can ping my PC from my homeserver (whilst RDP'd in)
    Tried Find My Server (It was a shot)
    Tried disabling Firewall
    Tried Disabling MS Security Essentials

    Any Suggestions??

    KD
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    #12 jmwills

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    Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:48 AM

    Make sure you .Net Software is current....WHS looks for a specific version,which is 3.5 I think. You must have the correct version (v 4.0 is not 3.5)
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    #13 Greg Welch

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    Posted 24 May 2012 - 08:27 AM

    Hello all!!


    I have a win7 ultimate.
    I am experiencing a similar issue. However, I can install the connector software, and open it initially. Once I restart the machine, it will never connect again.

    I have also tried....


    Netbios is in place on both server and PC
    I can see the server on my network,
    I can browse to the Shares on my home server
    I can RDP into my homeserver
    I can ping its IP address from my PC
    I can ping my PC from my homeserver (whilst RDP'd in)
    Tried Find My Server (It was a shot)
    Tried disabling Firewall
    Tried Disabling MS Security Essentials

    Any Suggestions??

    KD


    when you say disabled firewall you did that on both machines right ? and for sure do JMWills request above
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    #14 ikon

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    Posted 24 May 2012 - 10:06 AM

    as jmwills said, .NET is very important to proper functioning of the connector. You may even have to uninstall all versions of .NET and reinstall 3.5 only.
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    Posted 24 May 2012 - 10:08 AM

    Yes, most of this found this out with Windows 8. 4.0 came with the first round of Windows updates and we had to go back and install 3.5. Both can co-exist.
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