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Microsoft KB Archive/107119

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Local and Remote Control Point Names Can't be the Same

Article ID: 107119

Article Last Modified on 10/23/2003


  • Microsoft SNA Server 2.0
  • Microsoft SNA Server 3.0

This article was previously published under Q107119


If you have difficulty making a connection with a link, confirm that the local and remote Control Point names are not the same. A common cause of connection difficulties with a new configuration is that the same names have been specified for both local and remote Control Point and Network names.


In SNA Server Admin, the local Control Point and Network names are set in a different dialog box than the remote Control Point and Network names. The local Control Point Name and Network Name apply to all connections, and are set in the Server Properties dialog box. The remote Control Point Name and Network Name for a particular connection are set in the Connection Properties dialog box.

  • The local network name and control point name (configured in the Server dialog) identify the SNA Server node to the SNA network.
  • The remote network name and remote control point name (configured in the connection dialog) identify the remote node name that you want to connect to.
  • These should never be set to the same value. If they are, the connection will show up as "Pending" and never activate (note that there are other causes for a Pending status besides this possible configuration problem).

To verify duplicate names use SNA Admin and do the following:

  1. In the Servers and Connections window, choose Services.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Make a note of the SNA Server Network Control Point Name.

Additional query words: prodsna

Keywords: kbnetwork KB107119