I have a Mac Mavericks and a Windows 7 machines. On my Windows I have shared some folders, but I can only connect to them using the IP address, but not the computer name.
Finder -> Go-> Connect to Server… and the
smb://my-win/Share does not work, but
Finder -> Go -> Connect to Server… and the
smb://192.168.1.3/Share works perfectly fine.
If I go into Network (
Finder -> Go -> Network), the computer
my-win shows up. After I connected to the IP another windows machine shows up with the IP as the name. Going into the IP-named machine works fine again, while going into MY-WIN gives the same error
The error I get is:
There was a problem connecting to the server “my-win”. The server may not exist or it is unavailable at this time. Check the server name or IP address, check your network connection, and then try again.
I have tried disabling firewalls which did not help. I have also tried renaming
~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginitems.plist. That did not solve the issue but made my-win disappear from the Network window, so I reverted it again
I can ping the IP of the windows machine but if I execute
ping my-win I get an error saying:
cannot resolve my-win: Unknown host
It seems like my Mac gets notified of the Windows computer name, but can't resolve it when it tries to. Does anybody know what could be the reason for this?