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XP Pro P2P File Sharing

On A small Peer to Peer LAN, I am attempting to share a folder and map a drive from one XP Pro SP2 machine (A)  to another (B). Problem is I cannot see the machine and shared folder on the LAN. I can ping the machine by name or address, but cannot see it while browsing or attempting to map a drive letter.

In the other direction, however, I can see machine A from machine B. I can map a drive, etc., but this does help me as I need to see B from A. Out of necessity the computers are members of 2 different workgroups, however I don't believe this has anything to do with the problem.

So far, I have disabled all software Firewall capability (XP and Norton (Firewall AND Worm Protection)), I have tried "Use Simple File Sharing" both selected and un-selected, I have added the Everyone user group with full privileges to the shared folder on machine B. Still, machine B can be pinged but not browsed or mapped.

What am I missing here?


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Are the workgroup names the same?  And, most importantly, have you run the Win XP Network Setup Wizard?  This link explains how:

I've found if you don't run the setup wizard, win xp will not (on a home) network properly.
do a start, run \\computername \sharename

or \\IP_address  to see if you can see the other machine.

You may need to use a host file on a small network to get everything working OK.

I hope this helps !
westoneAuthor Commented:
Sometimes it's the simple things: The file sharing protocol was installed but not active on computer B. I noticed when I went to double check the connection settings this afternoon.

FWIW, in my experience with XP Pro, the workgroup names do not have to be the same. There are two seperate small businesses operating on this single LAN which for practical reason necessitates two workgroups.

Also, I never use the network setup wizard. That thing is a pain in the a$$.

Thanks for the help!

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