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This article was previously published under Q137565
When you attempt to connect to a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) from a Windows NT computer, you may receive the following error message:
System error 53 has occurred. The network path was not found.
NOTE: You may also receive this error if you misspell the name of the remote computer.
When you attempt to establish a NetBIOS over TCP/IP connection (such as a file share or print share) to a remote computer, your computer must:
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT 4.0 or Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/152734/EN-US/ )How to Obtain the Latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack
An updated version of Rdr.sys offers a new registry parameter to slightly change the above logic:
TITLE : Connecting to NetBIOS Resources Using DNS Names or IP Addresses
The new registry parameter that allows control of this behavior is:
Value: FqdnUsesSmbServerName Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Rdr\Parameters Value Type: REG_DWORD - Boolean Valid Range: 0,1 (False,True) Default: 0 (False) Description: Setting this parameter to "1" causes your computer to try a NetBIOS session to the name "*SMBSERVER " instead of using an Adapter Status Query when the hostname part of a FQDN does not match the NetBIOS computername on the target system.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Windows NT 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 4.
Article ID: 137565 - Last Review: November 1, 2006 - Revision: 1.2