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Window XP 'Simple WorkGroup' Not Sharing User Files despite 'sharing' enabled??????

Posted on 2003-03-12
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Last Modified: 2010-03-18
Hi all,

I’m putting a very small network/Work group together for a friend of mine.  For the world of me I can’t get ‘access’ to any of the user accounts across the network. I can these 'user accounts' under Doc & Settings but am denied access. (Look don't touch!)

Each workstation can access the internet fine.  Each workstation can also ‘see’ and access each others C:\ drives just fine including the sharing of printers.  (everything seems fine right? Wrong) (Heres the problem):  None of the workstations can ‘access’ any of the ‘User folders’ under documents and settings?????  The User folders (Which ONLY have “Power User” permisions) can be seen just fine but no access is allowed. (Despite them being setup to fully share over the network!)    I get an “access denied you might not have permission” message or something like that popup when any attempt is made to access these user folders.”

On each workstation I logged on as the administrator and 'FULLY' shared the C:\ drive, and the 'User Folder' (Tina) It should be working???

My first thought was to try and create all three user accounts on each workstation including accounts named for each computer.  This did not work.

Then I tried logging on as the administrator on all three workstations to see if the administrator would have enough power to access these user folders.  Nope!

I give up!!!!  Little Help please.

Here’s the setup:
Three workstations named (one, two , three).  One and Two are running XP-Pro Sp-1, and workstation ‘Three’ is running Win2000 pro sp3.  I have joined each to the workgroup ‘Rivera’, using that wizard under: System Properties>computer name>Network ID button.

On each workstation I have created a User Account with “Power User” privilages only. (These are named: Tina, Gina, and Maria) these will be the accounts that the employees will work off of on a daily basis. (The owner of the business will work out of the administrator account.)

I’m using a Linksys router as the hub and to inport broad band from a cable modem (surfboard).  All workstations are pluged into the router and the Cable modem is plugged into the Wan input.  

The route is just using default settings with DHCP enabled.

I would greatly appreciate any help.

Doug G.
Question by:ChiroGeek

Expert Comment

ID: 8127143
can you write smaller text, I don't want to read so large text

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ID: 8129393
Okay, Heres the problem in a nut shell:

I've shared The 'user accounts' (i.e.--Tina on Computer1, Gina on Computer2, and Maria on Computer 3) on each workstation.

I have also Shared each of the workstations C:\ Drives.

The problem is that I can access the C:\ drives fine from any workstation but I can NOT access any of the shared 'User Folders' (i.e.-- Tina, Gina, or Maria).

"Share this folder on the Network" and "Allow network users to change my files" are both ticked/enabled. "Make this folder Private" is NOT ticked.

This setup should share!!!!!!!What am I missing???
This setup works on my home workgroup????


Expert Comment

ID: 8130447
Are the drives formatted NTFS or FAT? (Right click the drive, left click properties. Look at File System). Maybe you are having file permissions problems -- not sharing permissions problems.
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ID: 8131979
All Workstations are NTFS.
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ID: 8132494
see if this helps
also try this
start -->run and type
rundll32 ntlanui.dll,ShareManage - Shares

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ID: 8134436

Here's how I did it.

I disable "Simple file sharing" under tools>folderOptions>View.
Many are of the opinion that this new option that is by default, enabled, is full of bugs. (I agree)

By disabling "simple file sharing" I now get the same sharing options I get on my workstations at my office which are on a domain. Must easier to share.

Then, share the folder with "full" control, and then use the 'security tab' to lock down access'.

(I want to thank 'Relder' of TweakNetwork.net for coming up with the correct answer.)

Heres the thread if anyones interested.

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