Simple file sharing on Workgroup in XP


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BigAl.NZ

Hi Guys,

I have a workgroup here with the following setup:

About 5 computers
On a Workgroup
Each user has a PC, and one logon per machine, which is the first name
of the person that uses that machine, ie Tom. There is no password
reqd when logging on.
The machines are running XP

The problems started when one of the of the computers needed to be
formatted. This was done, and the computer was given the same computer
name and put on the same workgroup.

Now the formatted computer, lets call it PC1 can see all the shares on
the rest of the network, but nobody can see the shares on PC1 (I did
recreate them - its mainly just the My Doc folder)

So I manually added the shares on the other PC's from within My
Network Places > Add Network Place. That worked.

Now the only problem really seems to be that if I go to another PC,
say PC2, and try to browse the workgroup (via View Workgroup
Computers) I can see PC1, but when I click on it I get something to
the effect of "Cannot view \\PC1 .....access denied"

Now I checked that I have go File and Printer Sharing Installed, and
the other thing the MS KB article said to do was to make sure netbios
over TCP/IP was enabled and it is.

I am wondering if its something to do with Local Security Policy or
Shared Folder Setup in computer management???

So to summarise, I can PING, and I can connect to SMB shares, but cant
browse the formatted PC, PC1, in the list of computers in WORKGROUP.

Please help,

Cheers

-Al
 
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BigAl.NZ

Firewall or internet security software settings

and have you tried ticking or unticking the Explorer/Tools/View
tab.........the bottom box, Use simple file sharing (Recommended) box.

No security software, not even windows firewall.

Will double check SFS.

Cheers

-Al
 
Y

Yousuf Khan

Now the only problem really seems to be that if I go to another PC,
say PC2, and try to browse the workgroup (via View Workgroup
Computers) I can see PC1, but when I click on it I get something to
the effect of "Cannot view \\PC1 .....access denied"

Now I checked that I have go File and Printer Sharing Installed, and
the other thing the MS KB article said to do was to make sure netbios
over TCP/IP was enabled and it is.

I am wondering if its something to do with Local Security Policy or
Shared Folder Setup in computer management???

So to summarise, I can PING, and I can connect to SMB shares, but cant
browse the formatted PC, PC1, in the list of computers in WORKGROUP.


Make sure that the "Computer Browser" service is started and running
automatically in the background.

Yousuf Khan
 
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BigAl.NZ

The solution was :
If that works, the problem you described is probably caused by a
registry setting. Run the registry editor on PC1 and open this key:

HLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\LSA

Set the value RestrictAnonymous to 0. Reboot and try browsing PC1
again.

FYI.

-Al
 
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