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Workgroup/ Not all computers can talk

Posted on 2004-10-06
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Situation:
3 Computers on a workgroup
Computer 1 (W2K Pro Machine)
Computer 2 (Windows 98)
Computer 3 (Windows 98)

When on computer 1, I can see all computers (in netowrk Neighborhood), but can not access shares on computer 3.
When on computer 2, I can see all computers, but can not access shares on computer 1 and 3.
When on computer 3 I can see all computers, but can not access shares on computer 1.
Both computer 3 and 1 can access shares on computer 2.
There are times I can ping computers by IP than other times I can not. I can never ping by name successfully. I tried two different routers. Thought about using a hub b/c internet is not needed.

Protocals that I have tried and are installed are: TCP/IP, NetBeui, Client for MS Network. File and Print Sharing.

Most Important I need Computer 1 and computer 3 to talk and share resourses.

Could anyone please provide a solution. Thanks in advance.
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by:abu_deep
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Do you have identical username/passwords set on all machines?also do u have a shared folder on each pc..
and just to make sure that u have a share folder on each pc try to look at this article ..
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;304040


One more thing you can try:


Windows XP (at least PRO) defaults a setting in Local Security Settings to something very unhelpful.
If all this does not solve your problem, check Local Security Settings, Network access: Sharing and security model for local accounts.  This may be set to (default) Guest only - local users authenticate as Guest.  Change this to Classic: local users authenticate as themselves.

Start/run: gpedit.msc
   Local Computer Policy
     Computer Configuration
      +Windows Settings
         +Security Settings
           +Local Policies
             +Security Options
         
          Double-click on Network Access:Sharing and Security Model for local accounts--
                 --change to "Classic - local users authenticate as themselves"

FOR HOME USERS ONLY WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS:
Look for and set these properties as shown also

Network access: Allow anonymous SID/Name translation     ==> Enabled
Network access: Do not allow anonymous enumeration of SAM accounts     ==> Disabled
Network access: Do not allow anonymous enumeration of SAM accounts and shares          ==> Disabled
Network access: Let Everyone permissions apply to anonymous users     ==>      Enabled



also if this has not solve your promlem try this …. Turn off DHCP both machins ,before you statically assign an IP address of 192.168.1.100,101,102 and subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 and you should be good.
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also This behavior may occur if both the following conditions are true:
 NetBIOS over TCP/IP is not turned on (enabled) on one or more computers in the   workgroup.
     
The Computer Browser service is not started or is turned off on one or more computers in the workgroup.

To resolve this issue, make sure that NetBIOS over TCP/IP is turned on and the Computer Browser service is running on each computer in the workgroup. To do this, follow these steps.
Step 1: Turn on NetBIOS over TCP/IP
1.     Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet Connections.
2.     Click Network Connections.
3.     Right-click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties.
4.     Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.
5.     Click the General tab, and then click Advanced.
6.     Click the WINS tab.
7.     Under NetBIOS setting, click Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, and then click OK two times.
8.     Click Close to close the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box.
9.     Close the Network Connections window.

Step 2: Start the Computer Browser service
1.     Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Manage.
2.     Double-click Services and Applications.
3.     Double-click Services.
4.     In the right pane, right-click Computer Browser, and then click Start.
5.     Close the Computer Management window.

The Computer Browser service maintains an updated list of computers on the network, and it supplies this list to computers that are designated as browsers. If this service is stopped, the list is neither updated nor maintained. If this service is turned off, any services that explicitly depend on it do not start.
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also makew your self  pretty sure that firewall softwarer(if u have one ) are trust your local ip address ....
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I think that I've answer him. So I deserve the points….
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