Using the connect method does have one advantage over your approach.
If I can't connect to a server be it from the remote registry service is down, the server is down, or there was an uninstall of netshield and *shock* the uninstaller left junk in the registry, the code I gave you will only make one attempt to connect with the server.
Your code will try three times and get three errors.
Okay, this is the last time I promise. ;-)
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