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Networking help.

Windows 2000 and 98

4:34 pm on Dec 7, 2002 (gmt 0)

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a problem question for all you networking gurus out there.

2 computers -

1 W2000 Professional.

The aim of the excercise is to share a cable internet connection and files on each of the machines. We have a belkin DSL/CABLE router. to do this.

I plug the bits together, the built in dhcp server on the router assigns the 2 puter's IP addresses. Both computers can see each other and access the interet. Fine so far.

So, i start to share the drives. Share the W98 c drive and the other puter can access it and copy files etc. However, when i try to get the W98 machine to access the W2000 c drive, the error : enter password for IPC$. Which i havent set. So, i head off to Google Groups (lets face it, it has the answer to just about everything) and find out that you must enable the Guest account (disabled by default) on the 2000 machine. I do this.

Now after the lot is restarted, neither pc can see each other. Can't map drives or ping computer names. The only thing that will work is the internet connection (done by the router anyway) and the Windows2000 machine can ping the IP address of the 98 machine but not its name. W98 cannot ping the 2000 mach by either IP addess or name.

I have tried complete powerdowns, reassigning ip addresses, 1million restarts, changing workgroups, disabling guest again all to no avail. The computers will not see each other. all that will work is the 2000 machine can ping the IP address (but not the name) of the 98 machine but NOTHIN else?

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated


10:50 pm on Dec 7, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Turn off your firewall. (My standard answer for all problems :))


11:16 pm on Dec 7, 2002 (gmt 0)

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oh s**t.

I spend 3 hours at the client's house working on it. Forgot about the damn firewall! I diabled it at first and it worked, but after restarting the , it would re-enable itself.

Thanks for advice lawman.

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Been there... done that... :) Oh wait you want to know what the answer is too?! Very well...

Since the w2k security model is so different from the 9X/ME family's you need to create the login you are currently using on the w2k box.

e.g. If you login from the 98 box as user "BobBob", password "MyPetFish" then you need to create a user on the w2k box with the same username and password, then when the 98 box tries to access it you should not have the $IPC problem since it can verify you as a user and apply permissions to you.

Really hope that helps :)

- Tony

1:08 pm on Dec 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

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thanks guys, thats pretty much what i have been hearing, cheers

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