System error 5 when accessing a network share on Windows 2008 using a DNS alias name

When I tried to access a network share on a Windows 2008 server locally (!) today using a DNS alias I configured, I got System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied (Systemfehler 5 aufgetreten. Zugriff verweigert in German):

Accessing a network share locally on a Server 2008 fails

As you see in the screenshot, the shares are enumerated correctly when using the server’s computer name (server), but access is denied when using the alias name (fileserver). However, from a client machine running Windows 7, I was able to enumerate the shares both using server and fileserver.

I found the solution to this problem in Microsoft’s Knowledge Base: Error message when you try to access a server locally by using its FQDN or its CNAME alias after you install Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1: “Access denied” or “No network provider accepted the given network path”:

Add the FQDN (!) of the server’s alias (e.g. fileserver.domain.local) to the value of the registry key BackConnectionHostNames under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa\MSV1_0.

In my case, the share was accessible instantly (without restarting the server).

Über Stefan

Polyglot Clean Code Developer

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