Win 2000 file sharing

Posted on 2001-06-09
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Last Modified: 2013-12-28
I can never share files in Win2000 TO another win2000 machine cos some $IPC comes up and I tried all passwd and none works. Then with win98 I need the win2000 to be the host before files are retrieved. Any solution? and does anyone understand me ?
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ID: 6171360
I believe that the windows logons need to be the same. I had the same problem sharing files between 2k/98.
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Expert Comment

ID: 6171413
the problem you have is related to permissions.
On the client machine you need to use the "client for ms networks" as the primary logon (this creates the security token that w2k needs) use the same username and password as the one you use on the w2k machine. or on the w2k machine enable the guest account. You will still need to use the client for ms notworks on the w9x machine, but the username and password can be anything you want. then give the appropriate permisssions for the guest account to the share on the share on the w2k machine
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ID: 6172545
This resolution is directed towards those using small networks, such as those found at home or in small office environments, where a peer-to-peer relationship exists rather than the presence of a network server. More importantly, those environments where a mix of machines exists such as Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows 2000 and you need to share the resources on the Windows 2000 machine.

Mapping of resources, drives and printers, can be handled in one of two ways depending upon the configuration of the 98 machine and your environment. We'll provide you with both ways, thereby enabling you to choose which is best for your particular circumstances.

The first method, which is the easiest, but yet less secure, is to enable the guest account on the Windows 2000 machine. The second would be to create a user account on the Windows 2000 machine for each user who would be accessing the shared resources. This would require that each Windows 9x machine use the "Client for Microsoft Networks" and have a logon and password. This identical user name and password would then be used on the Windows 2000 machine when the user names are created.

Method I - Enabling the Guest Logon in Windows 2000

Note: This must be done while logged on from an administrative logon.

1.Click Start, Settings, Control Panel
2.Double click Administrative Tools
3.Double click Computer Management
4.On the left side (left window), expand Local Users & Groups by clicking the "+" sign and click once on "Users" to highlight.
5.In the right window, right click on the guest account and select properties.
6.Uncheck "Account is Disabled", and then click Apply, then click OK. This account is set to "disabled" by default during the original installation of Windows 2000.
Now right click on the Guest account again, this time select "Set Password".
7.Set the password to something you will remember and click OK. Close each of the Windows.
8.Now click "My Computer".
9.Right click on the drives or directories to be shared and then select sharing.
10.Create the sharing criteria suitable to your situation, including giving the share a name.
11.Repeat the process for any printers to be shared in the same fashion.

Note: As mentioned above, this is the least desirable method. Not for performance and usability, but rather from a security standpoint. By using the Guest Account to share resources, you are opening the door to security vulnerabilities, especially if any of the connected machines have an Internet connection of some type. Security issues in any of the Windows operating systems are a concern, but usually most Windows 2000 based machines are not a concern as you can restrict the "rights" of the various Users. That topic, however, is both expansive and beyond the scope of what is being done here. We recommend that, if you perceive that their may be a threat, you should examine closely the many ways to tighten security on your small network.

Method II - Using the Client for Microsoft Networks

While this method may appear easy enough, it is recommended that if you are not already using the "Client for Microsoft Networks", that you spend some time learning its intricacies.

1.Make sure that each Windows 9x machine is using the "Client for Microsoft Networks".
2.You will need to assign an IP address to each machine in your small network if you are not using a server of any type.
3.You will need to assign a logon and password to each of the Windows 9x machines and record what they are.
4.Next, you will need to add a "User account" to the Windows 2000 machine for each Windows 9x machine, using the identical logon name and password you assigned in Step 3 above. Remember to include that user in any special group so that you will have adequate rights to the share and be able to control security issues. When you map the drive from the Win98 box, the logon and passwords will now be the same.

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Expert Comment

ID: 6184271
Ok I just had a Network Admin call me today on this one.

First thing that needs to be done is to create a user name and password for the user so they can access the $IPC folder. You need to also set permissions to gain access to that share.

Here is how to do this:

In Win 2k

1. Right click on my computer
2. select mange
3. Select users and admins (not sure because i dont have a win 2 k machine in front of me.)
4. Select users
5. On the right click on the right side and slect create new user
6. Type in the user name and password for the person needing to access the $IPC share.
7. After this is done click ok
8. Lastly set the permissions for the user in the same area as described above.

I hope this helps you out and Be Well

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ID: 6184291
Boyington  ! Welcome to E-E! Its common courtesy to provide comments unless you know your answer is the only answer and is 300% correct and is what the questioner is looking for and will fix their problem. Please don?t take this personally, (others could let you know before I and not so diplomatically) I made the same mistake when I first arrived and someone was nice enough to point it out to me (It hurt my feelings, but I soon realized its teamwork that?s used here). This accomplishes a couple of things: First: it doesn't lock the question allowing more exposure to other experts allowing a faster fix (many problems require an interactive dialogue to troubleshoot them properly), Secondly: it gives the questioner the option to make an award based on the best comment that helped the most in fixing their problem and it is also is common courtesy to other experts.  Again welcome and look forward to working with you in the future, a lot of teamwork is used at this forum, as you will see! :>)  Quote shamelessly stolen from Dave, Thanks again Dave

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Expert Comment

ID: 6184363
Thanks Steven for pointing this out to Boyington before I had the opportunity.

Boyington, had you had the simply courtesy of reading my comment, you would have noted that you duplicated my solution. What is more irritating than someone copying my answer is that person then posting my comment as their answer. Bad ju ju! Not very ethical...


Author Comment

ID: 6184588
I tried still dont get it. Maybe my steps were wrong i will try it again. I wish to delete this question but then again dont want to be objected :)
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dew_associates earned 150 total points
ID: 6184606
pls_a, follow Method 1 as I noted above and you will be fine!


Author Comment

ID: 6215064
I am sure no dispute on this :) thanks all for your sincere help.

Expert Comment

ID: 6217748
It was my pleasure to assist you pls_a

Im glad you could get the problem resolved

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