Win 2000/XP peer-to-peer networking components
Posted on 2009-04-21
I am setting up peer to peer networking on a small network of computers. Of the optional networking components available in windows XP & 2000; what are the necessary options? (all computers on the network are Win XP or 2000Pro) I want to be reliable and secure, so I do not want to enable anything that is unnecessary.
I have disabled all IIS, since no computer is acting as a server. I have enabled UPnP and Internet Gateway detection; there is a router acting as the internet gateway. (this is strange -when I [right-click] enable the gateway in the Network Connections, there is a lot of chatter between the devices, internet service works whether or not I enable the gateway router; what is the purpose of enable on the gateway? What is all the chatter about?)
Are any other options necessary to simply view the other computers in the workgroup? If I go to Computers Near Me, I get an error indicating "Workgroup is not available. A list of servers for this workgroup is not currently available."
I have Identical users and passwords on all machines. I can ping computers and devices on the network, I can even access web pages on the network printers (by typing the IP address in ie7).
The newest machine (Win XP) on the network got me looking into this - this is really strange - as administrator, I see nothing in My Network Places; as limited user, I see the PnP devices on the network. What could be different about the admin and the user in this case?