making shared resources available


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.


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once the printer is shared right click on it, click properties, check the sharing tab to see if you have additional drivers installed for the win9x clients.  that may help.
firebird-scAuthor Commented:
Hi eth777,

I guess I wasn't all that clear in my description - the winXP clients also have troubles connecting to printers on win2k machines. It seems that the permissions on the win2k machines are too restrictive.  All I want is to drop the requirement that network users have to enter the password and username when connecting to a win2k computer's shared resources.

The only thing I can find is on the win2k client, in the Control Panel/Users and Passwords there is a checkbox labeled "users must enter a user name and password to use this computer". But when you uncheck the box, it asks you for a specific user name and password. I want something which I can apply to all users in the workgroup.
firebird-scAuthor Commented:

I think I just stumbled across the solution. Just had to activate the guest account.  I'm not sure what that does in terms of security, however, we have a good hardware firewall, so I'm not too concerned with external threats.

thanks for the help, but if it's okay with you I'm going to ask for the question to be deleted and the points refunded.

no objections here
Closed, 50 points refunded.

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