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I have a remote office connecting via a point to point VPN using a Sonicwall 2040.  My local network is win2003 active directory in mixed mode.  The whole remote office is being upgraded to winxp from win98.  I thought I would set them up to login to cached domain account since they are unable to access a domain controller over the VPN while logging in.  This is a small office with 6 PCs so they will not get a DC of their own.  I have 3 systems setup and now the problem is sharing amongst themselves.  I did get one to work by creating a local user and then having to type the whole \\computer\username to login but this will probably be too confusing for them.  Are there any better options or should I just have all of them login to the local machine with a username and password the same as on the domain?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Tara
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Upgrading from Win98 to XP first off is a bad idea. Win98 machines are not meant to handle the resource hog that winXP is.

Other than that, if the machines are located in a remote office with a VPN why don't you just make the XP machines join the domain? You said they are connect with a VPN so they should have access to the DC. Unless the machines are XP Home. In that case you will just run in to a lot of sharing problems. If they ARE XP Pro then you can share the accounts and give the Everyone group access to the shared resource on each machine to share amonst themselves. After that just Map the Drive.

go to the \\computer that has the share. Right-Click the share and click map network drive. The drive will stay on that machine as a drive Letter
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Actually not upgrading systems, getting new and they are XP Pro.

The Sonicwall doesn't allow for joining the domain over that VPN connection.  

I just read another post about letting everyone permissions apply to anonymous users...perhaps that's my answer.
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another way is to assign static addresses to the 6 machines and connect to the machines via IP address for sharing.
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I don't think the issue is with resolving the names, I see them in my network places.  It's a permission thing, sometimes I recieve there are currently no logon servers to service this login request, just using guest.  Then I use computer\guest and I get Logon Failure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer.
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You could enable the guest account on the machines and make guest a member of administrators....that may be a way around it.

Never tried it though.
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Ended up making these registry changes which allowed for more time to find our servers over the slower VPN and authenicate properly. Thus fixing all my problems.  I can't remember where I found this fix  or I would post more info on it.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"GroupPolicyMinTransferRate"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"GroupPolicyMinTransferRate"=dword:00000000

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