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Accessing shared folders across two windows xp computer when disconnected from the domain

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Hi Everyone,

Here is the scenario. I hope someone can help.

We have (25) indentical Dell notebook within our office.
All are part of the domain.
All have wireless capabilities.
When the staff are in the office they are wired and connect to the domain - no problems.
When they are at a client's office they need to share directories through the wireless.
I have setup the notebook, shared specific files.
Locally, Everyone is part of the administrators group.
The computers connect through the wireless and I can see the other computers in Network Nieghborhood.
But, when I double-click on the computer, I get the message
       "You might not have permission to use this network resource......."

Of course if I log in as Administrator, I can access the other computer.
The Administrator account and password is the same on all the machoines
I believe this has something to do with there being no DC to authenticate to.
MS firewall is off, simple sharing is off.
Netbios over IP is on.

My Question is:

"Is there a way to allow access to the other notebooks?"

I really do not want to add all 25 notebook users to the local users list of all the notebooks.
We would rather avoid having one user account setup for out-of-office connectivity because each user has roaming profile with specific configurations.
We also connect to a Novell server and use the NW client, but I think that is irrelevant.
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Enable the Guest account...
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Oh boy. Ok.
>Locally, Everyone is part of the administrators group.
Just drive a stake in my heart, it would hurt less!

This is a problem that I think all mobile laptop user suffer from. You go to a client's office, plug into their network, then you want to get that .PPT file from your machine to theirs for a demonstration, but you can't unless you e-mail it. And that is not always the best solution, when file attachments are large.

So, I have done this in the past for the road warriors. I set up IIS on the laptop (the personal version you get on Win2KPro/XP), and enable the FTP service. That way, their laptop is its own FTP server.

You point the default directory of the FTP server to be a single folder on their laptop where the mobile user will put any documents they want to get from/to the client. Then, you set up a single local account on the laptop that the mobile user can give someone at the client office to get/send files.

Configure the NTFS permissions on the FTP folder on the laptop to give this single accout read and write only, but don't give it Delete or Take Ownership. That way, documents can be downloaded from the laptop by the client, and/or they can upload new documents to it, but they cannot overwrite documents! If they need to change a document that is already on the laptop, they just rename their copy to something different, and upload that new renamed copy.

Also, you TRAIN your mobile user to not keep documents in that FTP folder UNLESS they are going to a client site and might need to move stuff from/to the client. Hammer into them that if they leave a contract for ClientX in the folder, then go to ClientY site, it would be possible for ClientY to see the ClientX contract. That ususally scares them enough that they get the hint!

Anyway, I have found using FTP to be a better solution than trying to deal with Windows Authentication in the scenario you are describing.  There are just to many variables that make it too annoying to deal with. Use FTP. It is a whole lot easier.
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Awful lot of work when all you have to do is enable the Guest account, then disable it when you're done..
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by:anupnellip
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have you made all the notebook part of the same workgroup . Try using the same workgroup name .
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sorry ignore my post i did not read your question properly
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