Network file sharing problems
Posted on 2010-11-18
I think this should be fairly straight forward and easy to fix, but I can't seem to find the solution.
I have a small network setup. It was originally one server (windows 2000 server) and two workstations (windows 2000 desktop). I have since upgraded the desktops to XP (now 3 in all) and the Server is now 2003, (now three servers; all 2003). So, 3 pc's running XP professional and three servers running windows 2003 server standard edition.
My problem is that, from the beginning I had the server and workstations set up as a work group (no domain). All computers are in the same work group.
Before the upgrade I could browse to the windows 2000 server from both workstations and I could see the workstations from the server. The two workstations could see each other, but not browse. That was fine and all I needed at the time.
Now, that I have upgraded, two of the XP machines can browse to the Servers but the third one can not. The servers can not browse the desktops at all (any of them), but the servers can all see each other and browse each other.
I have all of the XP machines set up the same with File and Print sharing, etc. they all have the same IP / DNS settings (with different IPs of course). Every pc and server is in the same work group (still no domain).
I would like all of the servers and workstations to be able to browse to all the other machines in the group. If the XP machines can't browse each other, that would be OK, but at the minimum, I need all XP machines to browse the servers and all servers to be able to browse all XP machines.
By the way, I log into all of the machines as the administrator of the machine. All of the servers are logged in as the administrator ID and all of the XP machines have been given IDs and the IDs are configured as administrators.
Any help in getting this configured correctly would be appreciated.