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Trouble Networking 2000 Pro with XP Pro

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I have just purchased a new desktop with XP pro and I have been trying unsuccessfully to integrate it into my existing home network. This previously consisted of Win2K laptop & Win2k desktop, linksys router/switch and cable modem. The laptop is a work pc that is part of a domain (ENTERPRISE) the W2K desktop was configured with a workgroup (ENTERPRISE); I had been successful with my 2000 pcs getting access to internet through the router using DHCP and I was also able to read the drives and share resources among the PCs. Now although I am able to get at the internet from all PCs through the same DHCP on the router I am not able to share resources such as HDDs/files inside my LAN.

Is there a simple way to do this? I have seen some suggestions to enable NetBios...but I have also seen that this is vulnerable to outside attacks.

Can someone please describe the options I have available to me. I am reasonably sure that I do not wish to use ICS and that I also do not want everything going through my new XP pro machine. I really want to have a P2P network inside my router.
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Hi,

Could you please describe what you mean when you say that you can not get access. Are there any error messages?

Can you successfully ping the other machines on the network?
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To get all three PCs to share resources successfuly, this is what you need to do.

1. Make the computers members of the same workgroup.
2. Maintain a list of Computer names and their passwords on every PC.
3. Maintain the same list of Usernames and their passwords on every PC.

Create users with the same name as the computer names on your Home network. This is normally maintained by a domain controller.  In the absence of this, this is what you need to do.  Keep the passwords blank.

On every PC create the actual users and maintain the same password on each PC to avoid being asked to login.

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