Net Logn Service cannot be started on Win2000 machine

I cannot start the Net Logon Service on one of my windows 2000 machines.  This prevents me from connecting my laptop that is also running windows 2000.  I can start and stop the Net Logon service on my laptop PC but not my desktop.  The laptop is connected to a domain and the desktop is connected to a workgroup with the same name.  They both show up on each computers in the network neighborhood.  The desktop can open the laptop's folders but when attempting to open the desktop folders from the laptop I receive the following error:
"\\<computername> is not accessible
There are currently no logon servers available to service the logon request"

I know I have got this working earlier but now I'm STUCK...

Esbjorn  
esbjorn_larsenAsked:
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GnartCommented:
If you are not running Server edition on those computers, you should not need Net Logon to access (I presume) shared folders of Workgroup shared.  It seems that NetBIOS ports (135-139) are being blocked.  Do you have a firewall on the Desktop?  You may want to check the firewall to see if you are blocking those ports.

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esbjorn_larsenAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I found one thing that enabled me to see the desktop from the laptop.  I had IP security turned on with an old VPN setting that I removed.  Now the laptop can see the desktop but the desktop can still not see the laptop UNLESS the Net Logon Service is running on the laptop.  I don't have the server version installed on any of the machines.  I checked my NetBIOS ports and they were locked as you said due to the IP security setting I had.

So in short, it now works both ways but I'm still puzzled as to why I need to have the net logon service running on my laptop.

Cheers
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esbjorn_larsenAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I found one thing that enabled me to see the desktop from the laptop.  I had IP security turned on with an old VPN setting that I removed.  Now the laptop can see the desktop but the desktop can still not see the laptop UNLESS the Net Logon Service is running on the laptop.  I don't have the server version installed on any of the machines.  I checked my NetBIOS ports and they were locked as you said due to the IP security setting I had.

So in short, it now works both ways but I'm still puzzled as to why I need to have the net logon service running on my laptop.

Cheers
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esbjorn_larsenAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I found one thing that enabled me to see the desktop from the laptop.  I had IP security turned on with an old VPN setting that I removed.  Now the laptop can see the desktop but the desktop can still not see the laptop UNLESS the Net Logon Service is running on the laptop.  I don't have the server version installed on any of the machines.  I checked my NetBIOS ports and they were locked as you said due to the IP security setting I had.

So in short, it now works both ways but I'm still puzzled as to why I need to have the net logon service running on my laptop.

Cheers
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GnartCommented:
Just set the Net Logon to manual.... by default MS had it running unless you secure the system which shut down unneeded service.  Glad that you have solved your problem.

have a nice holiday, cheers...
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GnartCommented:
BTW, make sure you have host based firewall running on those computers and allow those ports only within your local subnet.

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