Configuring network


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Guest

Hello!!!

I have a problem configuring a network with 2 computers (imagine that!!!)
using XP Pro.

I have computer 1 with a connection to the internet and 2 ethernet cards.
Card 1 connects to the cable modem, card 2 connects to a switch.

Computer 2 connects to the switch. It can access the net but it can't see
the other one on "network places".

Even computer 1 can't see itself on "network places".

I used the wizard to configure the network.

Can anyone help me?
Thank you very much!
 
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Chuck

Hello!!!

I have a problem configuring a network with 2 computers (imagine that!!!)
using XP Pro.

I have computer 1 with a connection to the internet and 2 ethernet cards.
Card 1 connects to the cable modem, card 2 connects to a switch.

Computer 2 connects to the switch. It can access the net but it can't see
the other one on "network places".

Even computer 1 can't see itself on "network places".

I used the wizard to configure the network.

Can anyone help me?
Thank you very much!
If you have broadband internet service, using an Ethernet modem, connecting both
computers is way simpler (and very affordable) with a NAT router instead of a
switch.
http://www.cablesense.com/
http://www.homenethelp.com/
http://www.practicallynetworked.com/
http://www.wown.com/

But, if you have the two computers connected, and you are getting internet
access, connectivity is not the primary concern here.

Are the two computers running Windows XP or another OS? If XP, XP Home or Pro?
And what SP on each? All of this makes a big difference!

Are you running both Client for Microsoft Networks, and File and Printer Sharing
for Microsoft Networks (Local Area Connection - Properties), on each computer?
Do you have shares setup on each?

Are you running NetBIOS Over TCP/IP (Local Area Connection - Properties - TCP/IP
- Properties - Advanced - WINS) on each computer?

Make sure the browser service is running on each computer. Control Panel -
Administrative Tools - Services. Verify that the Computer Browser, and the
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper, services both show with Status = Started.

On any XP Pro computer, check to see if Simple File Sharing (Control Panel -
Folder Options - View - Advanced settings) is enabled or disabled. With XP Pro,
you need to have SFS properly set on each computer.

On XP Pro with SFS disabled, check the Local Security Policies (Control Panel -
Administrative Tools). Under Local Policies - Security Options, look at
"Network access: Sharing and security model", and ensure it's set to "Classic -
local users authenticate as themselves".

On XP Pro with SFS disabled, if you set the above Local Security Policy to
"Guest only", enable the Guest account, using Start - Run - "cmd" - type "net
user guest /active:yes" in the command window. If "Classic", setup and use a
common non-Guest account on all computers. Whichever account is used, give it
an identical, non-blank password on all computers.

On XP Home, and on XP Pro with Simple File Sharing enabled, make sure that the
Guest account is enabled, on each computer. Enable Guest with Start - Run -
"cmd" - type "net user guest /active:yes" in the command window.

On XP Pro, if you're going to use Guest authentication, check your Local
Security Policy (Control Panel - Administrative Tools) - User Rights Assignment,
on the XP Pro computer, and look at "Deny access to this computer from the
network". Make sure Guest is not in the list.

Do any of the computers have a software firewall (ICF / WF, or third party)? If
so, you need to configure them for file sharing, by opening ports TCP 139, 445
and UDP 137, 138, 445, by enabling the File and Printer Sharing exception, and /
or by identifying the other computers as present in the Local (Trusted) zone.
Firewall configurations are a very common cause of (network) browser, and file
sharing, problems.

Cheers,
Chuck
Paranoia comes from experience - and is not necessarily a bad thing.
 

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