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ACT 2005 - Name Resolution stopped working in PAD file

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Country: USA

ACT 2005 - Name Resolution stopped working in PAD file

Hi,
 
We have ACT 2005 database on a server (Windows 2000) and had been working fine for a number of years.
 
Then all of a sudden (past few weeks) ACT clients could not access the database on the server.
 
I traced it down to the PAD file reference, and replaced the "host" name with the server's IP address.
 
Now it works.
 
But my question is WHY did it change all of a sudden ? there were no changes to the system, unless it was a
Microsoft update that might have affected the name resolution.
 
I thought the server's name is resolved by Netbios, using port 135 ? or is this a WINS problem ?
 
The mystery is why all of a sudden this stopped working. weird. Anyone have any thought on this ?
Platinum Elite Contributor
Posts: 14,384
Country: Australia

Re: ACT 2005 - Name Resolution stopped working in PAD file

It's a WINS issue usually... the host name isn't being broadcast.
 
Try and ping the server from a workstation and see.
 
It's not uncommon on Windows 2000
New Member
Posts: 5
Country: USA

Re: ACT 2005 - Name Resolution stopped working in PAD file

thank you.
 
I was just surprised that it changed without anyone doing anything.
 
that's why I wanted to blame the MS updates, but after uninstalling a few recent ones, it didnt help.
 
odd.
Platinum Elite Contributor
Posts: 14,384
Country: Australia

Re: ACT 2005 - Name Resolution stopped working in PAD file

If an update stopped WINS somehow, just uninstalling the update might not restart it.
New Member
Posts: 5
Country: USA

Re: ACT 2005 - Name Resolution stopped working in PAD file

good point, I will check the service.
 
thx again.
Platinum Elite Contributor
Posts: 14,384
Country: Australia

Re: ACT 2005 - Name Resolution stopped working in PAD file

Did you try and ping the server machine name (or even other machines on the LAN) to check if they return correct IPs?
New Member
Posts: 5
Country: USA

Re: ACT 2005 - Name Resolution stopped working in PAD file

well mystery deepens.
 
DNS is showing a external address, not the local ip
 
so I will have to look into this more....
 
the local ip is what I put in the PAD and that works.
 
WINS is running..
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Re: ACT 2005 - Name Resolution stopped working in PAD file

New Member
Posts: 5
Country: USA

Re: ACT 2005 - Name Resolution stopped working in PAD file

yes, I always thought it was a windows issue.
 
thank you for your help !