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Cannot log on to network

I've set up a home network using my work laptop, called MSHOME. I can see the other machine in Microsoft Windows Network both ways - between PC and laptop. When I try to open the machine, I have to log on.

The PC is called ORANGEROOM and the laptop is LAPTOP28. My log on username for both machines is "cool". When I try to log on to the laptop through the network, by typing in "cool" with a password, it changes to ORANGEROOM/cool but won't log on. When I try to log onto the PC from the laptop, I again have to log on and I get an error message:

The username you typed in is the same as the user name you logged on with. That user name has already been tried. A domain controller cannot be found to verify that user name.

I'm running XP Pro SP2 and would really appreciate some help!

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Any firewalls running?

Set any folders to share?

When faced with a login box I usually put in the user name of the computer I am trying to access.

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No joy. Folders are set to share and I have disabled NIS firewall. I think the logon problem is to do with the way the networking has been set up. At work, the laptop connects to a domain. I asked the administrator to set the machine up to also work as a home network. Would this make a differerence?

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"I asked the administrator to set the machine up to also work as a home network. Would this make a differerence?"

Absolutely, your work machine is looking for a Domain to join. What did your IT guy say?

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It was a "she" actually! I just asked to set the machine up for a home network. She seems to have retained the work domain: is it not possible to have a domain and a home network? When I click My network places, I can see my school network "CHschool" and "MSHOME" - my home network.

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"XP Home" the OS can't play with a domain.

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It's a built in limitation of the XP Home OS. You need XP Pro to interact with most work networks since they have a Domain login requirement. Your IT should help you with this.

Also worth noting is that a VPN connection will have restrictions to what shares you can connect to. This is by design!

Bob

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Both machines are running XP Pro, Bob.

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