Errors encountered : " remote server is unavailable"

David Collier-Brown David.Collier-Brown at
Thu Aug 24 13:11:26 GMT 2000

[Moved to samba at --dave]> 
>         I'm currently using samba2.04 on HPUX 10.20 with client connections
> from Win NT and Win 2000. Intermittently, the NT/Win2000 clients cannot
> resolve the server name. They encountered the error "remote server is
> unavailable". However, if the clients were to connect using the IP address
> of the server, the connection is established. When we testing "ping" from
> the client to the server, the client can resolve the hostname to ip address.
> Has anyone encoutered this problem before .... Any advise on how to resolve
> it ??

	You have an name service problem: Windows doesn't
	(normally) use dns, so ping works and browsing

	I'd establish a WINS server, and tell the clients about it:
	for a few hints.

	This will allow the name lookup to run more reliably, and
	machines to disappear less often.  Alas, that's "more"
	not "completely": browsing is probabalistic, and WINS
	is not as robust as dns...  which is why MS is doing
	more DNS these days.

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