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magusbuckley

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Hello:

I'm trying to map a drive on our HR Director's computer to a folder on a server at our corporate office. I've made this same mapping to about 20 machines already so I know the drill quite well. Since the server is outside our domain, I have to add its name and IP address to the hosts file of the local machine. Then, I can map the drive.

One of the last machines to do is an old Windows 2000 machine. I've added the info to the hosts file but every time I try to map the drive, I get the "Duplicate name exists on the network." error message. I changed his PCs name and tried it again with no avail. On the third attempt, and just for testing purposes, I named his PC something wild with random letters so I would know for sure there couldn't be another PC on the network with the same name. To my dismay, I still get this message.

Any ideas?

Only one NIC card installed.

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Magus
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Update:

I just realized that I can ping any of the three names I gave his PC today and I get a reply. Wow, that's amazing. Sounds like something is hung up in the server. I suppose I'll change his PCs name back to the original name and think this one through some more.

Is there any way I can force his PC to get a different IP address. I know how to release and renew the connection, but his lease on the DHCP server will cause him to pick up the same IP address, I just know it.

Any and all information will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Magus
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