I currently have three computers set up all running Windows XP Pro and Zonealarm Security Suite. They are networked (I just used the Windows Home Network Wizard to make things simple, using an ethernet network. One of the computers is directly connected to the internet using a broadband connection and has a Network Switch which the other two computers connect to it through. All is well. The Internet connection is shared, as are network folders and files.
But there is one problem. The other day i tried to shutdown one of the computers from the one i was using (on the network), using some information i found on the internet. The problem is, is that apparently, i need to "set myself up as a network administrator" for all three machines before i can remotely control them. I think i understand this has something to do with "logging in" or setting up permissions? or even group policy permissions???
For all my searching on the internet, i have not found one single website that makes it clear how to set up a simple network using Windows XP Pro, and set up an administrator that can administer the other computers remotely. I need a guide that can tell me which settings to set and on which computers to set them, so i end up with a simple network (3 computers), with one computer that has administrative access to the other two. Also, will the firewall (Zonealarm) be a problem? I know networking isnt inherently easy, but surely setting this up cant be all that difficult for someone who knows what theyre doing.
Can anyone lend some advice, or point me in the right direction, i'm pulling my hair out with this one?