redundant computer on workgroup


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Dennis Jelavic

I have two computers on a home workgroup. The Name of the first computer was
WINDOWSXP. The "Setup a Home or Small Office Network" wizzard was used to
define a workgroup named CASTAWAYS. I then changed the name of the computer
to DENNIS01 via the Computer Name tab of the System Properties window
leaving the Workgroup name unchanged.

I then used the "Setup a Home or Small Office Network" wizzard to add the
second computer to the CASTAWAYS workgroup. The name of the second computer
was DENNIS02.

Each computer has a wireless card and they communicate through a Netgear
router operating in Infrastructure mode and thus as an Access point.

I used the "This computer connects to the internet through a residential
gateway or through another computer on my network" option in the wizzard.

As a result of this, My Network Places in DENNIS01 shows:

DENNIS01 and
DENNIS02

and I am able to access the resources of DENNIS02 through DENNIS01.

My Network Places in DENNIS02 shows Castaways but when I try and expand this
I get a message saying

"Castaways is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this
resource ............ The network path was not found"

How do I give DENNIS02 permission to access access DENNIS01
 
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D

Dennis Jelavic

Since the original posting I have found that DENNIS02 can successfully Ping
DENNIS01 by IP address but not by ComputerName
 
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John Wunderlich

I have two computers on a home workgroup. The Name of the first
computer was WINDOWSXP. The "Setup a Home or Small Office Network"
wizzard was used to define a workgroup named CASTAWAYS. I then
changed the name of the computer to DENNIS01 via the Computer Name
tab of the System Properties window leaving the Workgroup name
unchanged.

I then used the "Setup a Home or Small Office Network" wizzard to
add the second computer to the CASTAWAYS workgroup. The name of
the second computer was DENNIS02.

Each computer has a wireless card and they communicate through a
Netgear router operating in Infrastructure mode and thus as an
Access point.

I used the "This computer connects to the internet through a
residential gateway or through another computer on my network"
option in the wizzard.

As a result of this, My Network Places in DENNIS01 shows:

DENNIS01 and
DENNIS02

and I am able to access the resources of DENNIS02 through
DENNIS01.

My Network Places in DENNIS02 shows Castaways but when I try and
expand this I get a message saying

"Castaways is not accessible. You might not have permission to use
this resource ............ The network path was not found"

How do I give DENNIS02 permission to access access DENNIS01

It would appear you have a permissions problem.

How to solve this depends on whether you have Simple File Sharing
enabled or disabled. (It is always enabled with XP Home).

Start by assuring that NetBIOS-over-TCPIP is enabled on all machines.
Instructions are here:

"You cannot access shared files and folders or browse computers in the
workgroup with Windows XP"
<http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318030/>

Assuming Simple File Sharing, all access is through the "Guest"
account. The Guest account must be active. Instructions for checking
that are here:

"How to troubleshoot home networking in Windows XP"
<http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308007/>
Skip 2/3 the way down to the "Troubleshoot file sharing and printer
sharing" section.

Also possible is the following:
"Error message when you try to access a Windows XP-based network
computer: "You might not have permission to use this network resource""
<http://support.microsoft.com/kb/913628>

HTH,
John
 

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