making shared resources available
Posted on 2004-11-04
This should be a relatively easy question. I have a mess of a network - some win98, some win2k, and some winXP. This situation is temporary. I will soon be upgrading all clients to winxp pro, and the network from a Win98 workgroup to a win2003 domain.
For now though, I want to figure out how to make shared printers on win2k clients available to the rest of the workgroup without requiring them to logon. Bottom line is that printing to a shared printer on a win2k client is problematic; it doesn't ask you for a username or password, it just denies access. If instead you view all computers in the workgroup first and click on the win2k client in question, it asks you for the username and password, and after you enter it, you can return to the shared printer and now gain access to it.
On the xp clients, the security is not as restrictive. Shared items are available without needing to enter a username and password.
I want to make the shared printers available to all users in the workgroup. I don't have a lot of networking experience, so please don't be too technical in your description.