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Is Netbios Over Tcp/ip Needed For File Sharing


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Posted 04 June 2007 - 08:58 PM

Repeating the topic title, Is NetBIOS over TCP/IP needed for file sharing on a small LAN between Windows XP and non-XP?
Non XP computers might be Windows 95 and 2000. XP is SP2. Connections through a router are working just fine.
Does NetBios have anything to do with file sharing anyway?

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 10:24 AM

NetBIOS lets you connect to shared files by using a "friendly" network naming convention rather than having to use an IP address to connect. In order for you to share files between XP and non XP OS (win 95, 98 etc) you need to enable NetBIOS. If you want to shar efiles hosted on the XP machine with the older versions, you need to make sure that XP is formatted using the FAT file system since FAT16 (Win 95) and FAT32 (Win 98) cannot see the NTFS partition but XP can see the FAT partitions.

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 12:09 PM

Got it.
Sharing with Windows 2000 was no problem because both use NTFS. The only problem was permissions. And it seemed to me that I needed NetBios to see the shares as well. If I recall correctly, presence or absence of NetBios made no difference whether I addressed by IP or \\computer name - is that not your experience?

In any case, I just wanted to get a bit of understanding when must I enable it on XP. Clearly older systems will be trouble. I ain't formatting my XP to FAT :thumbsup: Thanks.

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 09:58 AM

To add to that, file sharing on a workgroup relies on the permissions assigned to the Guest account. In the event that access is needed in other areas, "mirroring" accounts on each computer will help (same exact account name and password on each computer).
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Posted 06 June 2007 - 09:25 PM

Thank you, John.

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Posted 08 June 2007 - 01:47 PM

If you want to shar efiles hosted on the XP machine with the older versions, you need to make sure that XP is formatted using the FAT file system since FAT16 (Win 95) and FAT32 (Win 98) cannot see the NTFS partition but XP can see the FAT partitions.

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I'm sorry, but no. When you are sharing the files over a network, the filesystem on the remote system does not matter. If it did, how did win95 workstations connecting to an NT4 server see any files? Or how does my XP system see the UFS filesystem on my freeBSD server?

OP - you can have whatever filesystem you want on either machine.




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