XPpro Networking question


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JamesSoCal

I have XPpro, updated, on an HP Compaq 5100 computer and am having difficulty
establishing a presence with my LAN.

2 Win2kPro machines with shares - recently updated
1 Win98se machine with shares - current to the last update available before
retired by MS.
1 Win95 machine with shares & printer share - current to the last update
available before retired by MS.

and the XPpro machine - updated this afternoon through the Airlink switch &
Linksys router.

One named user, with full administrator rights, will not allow the workgroup
name to be changed from xphome while another, Admin2, account, same
privileges, allowed the workgroup name to be changed to match the established
workgroup. I might add that when the workgroup was being setup the xphome
workgroup was setup first with xphome as the defaulted name as the group was
being established and appeared to be changed properly prior to re-booting but
had remained unchanged after the re-boot. The Admin2 user had WORKGROUP as
the default group and allowed the change to be made and that change held
after rebooting. The Admin2 account, though the correct workgroup name, only
connects to the Win98se & one Win2pro machines as well as the share made
available on that machine when viewed through the "View workgroup computers"
link in "My Network Places." The Win2k, Win98se & XPpro machines are running
on a Airlink 10/100/1000 switch connected to a Linsys BEVPN41 4 port 10/100
(the Win95 machine & a Vonage VOIP connection use 2 of the four ports with a
third connecting to the Airlink 10/100/1000 switch) router with the router
providing all DHCP services. The Linksys is connected to a DSL modem for the
Internet connection. The XPpro machine was delivered with service pack 2,
all users were created, no LAN connections were tested at that time.

Two questions from the above.

1. How can I change the workgroup name of the user account that seems to
prevent this from happening.

2. How can I establish connections to the other Win2kPro & Win95 machines.

JamesSoCal
 
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Chuck [MVP]

I have XPpro, updated, on an HP Compaq 5100 computer and am having difficulty
establishing a presence with my LAN.

2 Win2kPro machines with shares - recently updated
1 Win98se machine with shares - current to the last update available before
retired by MS.
1 Win95 machine with shares & printer share - current to the last update
available before retired by MS.

and the XPpro machine - updated this afternoon through the Airlink switch &
Linksys router.

One named user, with full administrator rights, will not allow the workgroup
name to be changed from xphome while another, Admin2, account, same
privileges, allowed the workgroup name to be changed to match the established
workgroup. I might add that when the workgroup was being setup the xphome
workgroup was setup first with xphome as the defaulted name as the group was
being established and appeared to be changed properly prior to re-booting but
had remained unchanged after the re-boot. The Admin2 user had WORKGROUP as
the default group and allowed the change to be made and that change held
after rebooting. The Admin2 account, though the correct workgroup name, only
connects to the Win98se & one Win2pro machines as well as the share made
available on that machine when viewed through the "View workgroup computers"
link in "My Network Places." The Win2k, Win98se & XPpro machines are running
on a Airlink 10/100/1000 switch connected to a Linsys BEVPN41 4 port 10/100
(the Win95 machine & a Vonage VOIP connection use 2 of the four ports with a
third connecting to the Airlink 10/100/1000 switch) router with the router
providing all DHCP services. The Linksys is connected to a DSL modem for the
Internet connection. The XPpro machine was delivered with service pack 2,
all users were created, no LAN connections were tested at that time.

Two questions from the above.

1. How can I change the workgroup name of the user account that seems to
prevent this from happening.

2. How can I establish connections to the other Win2kPro & Win95 machines.

JamesSoCal

Hi James,

I think, before you tackle the account workgroup name issue (which may or my not
be a relevant problem), you work on visibility between the computers.
Visibility is provided by the browser subsystem (this is not to be confused with
Internet Explorer or Firefox, please).

http://networking.nitecruzr.net/2005/04/nt-browser-or-why-cant-i-always-see.html


Windows 9x / ME browsers don't work well with Windows NT (NT, 2000, XP, etc).
You have to do some tuning, here.

http://networking.nitecruzr.net/2005/05/windows-9x-9598me-and-browser.html

So work on the visibility issue, first.
 

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