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Sharing a Drive on W2K with Win98 through a Router

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I am having a hard time sharing a drive on my W2K Pro machine with my Win98 Machine.  I did a few searches here and have found bits and pieces but none of the solutions mentioned seemed to help me.

I have a username and password on both machines that are the same so logging in shouldn't be the problem.  However I cannot even get either PC to ping the other one.  For example, the Win98 machine does not even realize there is a W2K machine on the network and vice versa.

Can anyone please help me out?  Its imperative that I get this working as it will help me out with some of my development projects.

-Matt

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by:cpradio
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I figured it out.  It was a matter of installing NetBEUI on both machines.

-Matt
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by:MSGeek
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A better way to do this rather than installing NetBeui, would be to create an entry in the hosts file for each computer for the other.

EG on the Win98 workstation:
192.168.1.1     Win2k      #PRE
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by:eshudnow
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you want to make sure that your 2 computers are on the same workgroup.  Also, with win2k, it's a bit confusing on how to get a workgroup share to work while connecting to a win2k box.  You must add the username you're using to the username list on the win2k workstation.  Lets say you're using the name Administrator on win98, then on win2k, you don't have to add a name when it prompts you a password when trying to view a share on the win2k machine.  If you use a password for administrator on win2k, then when you're trying to view the share on win2k, you enter the username you're using from the win98 machine, and enter the password from win2k administrator account.  It's kinda weird, and i wish that in workstations, you can add user share access using computername\username.  It wont let you do that in user-level share access, only with domains will it let you, which personally i think should be changed.  Winxp doesn't have this problem though where you have to add the username of the other machine that is trying to connect to it.  With domains though, it's completely different and a lot easier to do because of the centralized database.
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Post a request in Commuinity Support with a copy of the URL of this quesstion to have it closed.
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by:cpradio
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Why is using domain easier?  What makes it easier?  What factual and statistical information would make it easier than having Win98 and W2K automatically logging themselves in using the same username and password so they can communicate back and forth?

I am just curious why using domain would be easier.  I really do not see it as easier, just a different method.

-Matt
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Matt..

A domain allows centralized administration.  Combined with redundancies of a server and centralized backup, this can be valuable.  If you have a small number of users and they all perform their own backups a workgroup may be fine.

As an example a product like Microsofts SBS Server can provide a small network local e-mail, external web access to e-mail, host internal or external webpages, provide a full statefull firewall with the included ISA server, database hosting with SQL server is included.  A server like this can provide a lot of value, if you add something like Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition 8 to it you can centrally mange AntiVirus software for every computer and if you add backup software like Veritas you can schedule backups of everyones documenst, shared documents, databases and e-mail.
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Oh, I am just simply networking two of my own personal computers.  I am using two different OS's mainly so I can test applications I am writing.

Later I plan to add a MAC and a Linux Machine to the network but that will all come from 6-8 months from now.

-Matt
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