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We are running a Novell network with Windows XP workstations.  Our problem is, we are trying to share a folder between 3 workstations in a classroom.  We are sharing the folder on one of the XP workstations and accessing that share from the other 2 XP workstations.  We have enabled simple file sharing and can share the folder and the workstations can access it.  When the sharing workstation is rebooted is when we have a problem.  The folder still shows as being shared, even in the computer management.  However when anyone tries to connect it is not there.  Then we go into explorer and right click on the shared folder (whick btw has the shared icon on it) and the share has been reset.  We can reshare it and it works.  This only occurs on a reboot not on a log out and login.  We are puzzled by this one and any help you guys could give would be appreciated.
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by:LinkNJ
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I would start by making sure all of the Windows XP workstations are up to date with the latest windows updates and service packs.  I recall an update in the middle to end of last year that caused some problems with sharing.  Good luck, Rob.
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by:BudDurland
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Make sure the PC hosting the share has a static IP address.

Confirm that all forms of power saving are disabled on that PC

Since you already have a proper network server (NetWare), why not create a folder on the server instead of trying to use peer-to-peer?
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Well we would love to do that, however the particular piece of software won't work on a server.  It's a long story but believe me we tried that route.  Thanks for the input, we have the latest patches, however we do not have it on a static IP.  Power settigns are handled through Verdiem product which I don't think would be causing the issue as it only occurs on a reboot.  I'll give the static ip a try and get back to you.  
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Ok I just wanted to update you on our solution.  None of the above solutions worked for us.  We ended up creating a .vbs script that executes at login and shares the folder.  Not our ideal solution but it works.  Thanks for all of your help guys.
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