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Problem: Sharing Win2k Resources

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#1 bakura82


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Posted 01 January 2007 - 12:57 PM

Problem: Sharing Win2k Resources

I have multiple XP systems that utilize the internet and share resources through a router. I have recently added a Win2k system to the network and I am able to access the internet fine once I set it up with a valid IP. Unfortunately I cannot see shared drives or resources on the Win2k machine from my XP machines nor can I access the XP machines from the Win2k machine.

I am sure Win2k is a wonderful OS for complex networks, however, it is over kill for me and I can’t get this whole permissions, sharing, security, and etc thing to work it seems.

I have set the Win2k machine to the same workgroup as my other PC’s. The XP PC’s are DHCPing addresses with a subnet of and a gateway of I set the Win2k machine to use the static IP of with the same subnet, gateway, and a DNS server of

The only components installed with the Win2k Network Connection are: Client for windows..., File and print sharing..., and TCP/IP. At this point, on XP machines, you should see each other (without the additional sharing/security settings).

I have tried various settings to allow for the Win2k and XP machines to see each other, but none has worked. Rather than tell you what I have done, I would rather just do it from scratch correctly.

By the way, while I don’t think NetBEUI is needed unless you are using a pre-Win2k Windows OS, I turned it on for giggles. I did notice that the workgroup now listed my XP machine, however, when I connect I get the “network path was not found” error.

Any help would be appreciated.


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Posted 01 January 2007 - 10:15 PM

I've known a few folks who have enabled NetBIOS over TCP/IP and report good results with it.

In this post Grinler talks about the steps to take to make sure everything is seen/shared on the network: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/76551/xp-file-sharing-2-machines-wont-talk/

The only other trick that I can suggest is "mirroring" the accounts. This is having the same account name and password on each system in the workgroup. Don't just change the name of the XP systems - you'll have to create new accounts so that the name is truly the same on each system.
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