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PC's not recognized on my workgroup

by -Dman100- / February 23, 2007 11:07 AM PST

I have a home LAN setup as a workgroup. I have two PC's running XP Pro and a
server running Windows 2000 Server. All the PC's are connected thru a
Linksys router.

Each PC is accessing the Internet ok, but I can't get the PC's to be
recognized on the workgroup and can't map drives to each PC and share
printing.

I enabled NetBIOS over TCP/IP on all my PC's. My server is seeing one of the
PC's on the workgroup, but it doesn't see the other one. I cannot view the
workgroup from either of the computers running XP Pro. However, I am able to
ping each computer.

I just upgraded to XP. I had my home network running fine when all the PC's
were running 2000. XP is a little different so I'm having a bit of trouble
getting this configured correctly.

I tried running the networking wizard, but didn't have any luck with that
either.

Can anyone please lend a hand and help me with the configuration? Please let
me know if there is any information I can provide that will help
troubleshoot the problem.

Thank you.

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You didn't mention firewalls.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2007 11:13 AM PST

It's a common issue both on the PC to allow networking as well as the firewall in your router.

Another issue is that for a PC to "show" it must have a share.

Bob

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RE: You didn't mention firewalls
by -Dman100- / February 23, 2007 11:42 AM PST

Hello Bob...thanks for replying to my post.

I have the default firewall turned on that comes with XP on both XP computers.

I do have shares setup on each PC. Each drive is shared out. I am still unable to see them.

Can you elaborate on what you meant by "t's a common issue both on the PC to allow networking as well as the firewall in your router."

Thank you.

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The default firewall blocks sharing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2007 3:29 AM PST

Here's a note about that.

"Server programs that are running on a Windows XP-based computer may not respond to client requests. For example, the following server programs may not respond:

? A Web server, such as Internet Information Services (IIS)
? Remote Desktop
? File sharing"
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/875357

You'll see what to do next in that article.

Bob

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