You may receive error messages if you disable NetBIOS on a Windows Server 2003-based cluster

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You disable NetBIOS and still use Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS) on a Windows Server 2003-based cluster. You find that the configuration allows for the IP addresses and network name resources to access each node. However, the configuration does not allow for connections to fully qualified domain names (FQDNs). Additionally, you may experience one or both of the following symptoms:
  • You receive a pop-up error message that is similar to the following:
    You were not connected because a duplicate name exists on the network. Go to System in Control Panel to change the computer name and try again.
  • You find that a Network Monitor trace captures a "STATUS_DUPLICATE_NAME" error that is consistent with the pop-up error message. However, no error message is logged in the System event log to indicate that a duplicate name exists on the network.


This problem occurs because the Service Location (SRV) service on the server maintains a ServerEndPoint list. However, the NetBIOS name is not in the list. Therefore, the SRV service cannot find the NetBIOS name and sends an error message to the client computer.


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To resolve this problem, you must modify the registry, make sure that settings for the public network adapter are correct, and make sure that connections use IP addresses or FQDNs.

Modify the registry

Add the DisableStrictNameChecking registry entry to each node of the cluster if it does not already exist. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Start Registry Editor.
  2. Locate the following registry key:
  3. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following:
    Value nameData typeValue
  4. Exit Registry Editor and restart the computer.

Examine the settings for the public network adapter

  • Make sure that you click to select the Register this connection's addresses in DNS check box for the public network adapter.
  • Make sure that the DNS server addresses appear on the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties page for the public network adapter.For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    825036 Best practices for DNS client settings in Windows 2000 Server and in Windows Server 2003

Examine the connections for IP addresses or FQDNs

Make sure that the public network adapter connections use IP addresses or FQDNs.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

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