Windows 2000 peer to peer networking

Posted on 2000-03-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-04
I am using windows 2000 on a peer to peer network with 3 windows 98 machines. I have made a folder in the C drive shareable but when I try to access the 2000 machine from a 98 workstations I get the message that this resource requires a password. I did not set up any passwords. I have been unable to get past this point and cannot see the drives on the 2000 machine because of this. I can see the machine in network neighborhood but can't open it from any machine. Can anyone tell me what step I've missed? Thank you
Question by:loganl
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Expert Comment

ID: 2634764
First, check the shared permissions on the folder.  Right click on the folder, click on Properties, click on the Sharing tab, click the Permissions button.  Make sure that the Everyone group is there and has at least Read access.

Since this is Peer to Peer and not a Domain environment, you shouldn't need to worry about file level security unless you reset it.  Just in case, click on the Security tab next to the Sharing tab.  Make sure that the Everyone group is present and that it has at least Read access.  

A quick way to test if this works on the 98 machines is to go to Start>Run and type in \\computername\sharename and click OK.  If the permissions are set correctly, Explorer should open up to that directory.

Hope this helps

Author Comment

ID: 2638298
There is no Security tab next to the sharing tab. Where can I find it?

Expert Comment

ID: 2638372
Ok, that means you don't have the files on an NTFS partition, so you don't need to worry about that part with file level security.  Just check the share permissions I mentioned above.
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Author Comment

ID: 2638533
I can't get back to the machine I'm trying this on for 4 days but I can tell you that Everyone has read access in the permissions of the shared folder. Is there someplace that I have to tell Win 2000 what machines can access the folder?

Expert Comment

ID: 2640567
You should define users! Win9X asks for an login & password during the boot. You should define one user for each machine with mensined user name and password. alternatively you can use the same name and password on every machine, that would be user Administator and pasword X, then user setup woudn't be necesarry.
Client for microsoft networks must be installed on win9X machines.
The permission you've given is the second level security. First you must define users to access the network, if not U'll only see computers and nothing beyond it.

Accepted Solution

pschwan earned 100 total points
ID: 2640979  For starters, using the admin user/password would make it about as unsecure as you can get.  Secondly, since there is no domain, there's no point in setting up users/passwords.  The Windows passwords in 98 don't make a difference because they're simply for profile purposes.  That's what the Everyone special group is allow "Everyone" to have access.

You should make sure that both the 98 and 2000 machines are using the same protocol.  If your 98 machines are using NetBEUI and the 2000 is using TCP/IP, then you won't be able to browse correctly.

Author Comment

ID: 2642917
I believe he is incorrect because we are not talking about a domain environment but a peer to peer network.

Expert Comment

ID: 2697492
Are you using Tcp/Ip or NetBeui?

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