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XP Pro - File transfer

by Mr. Plow / October 23, 2007 4:50 AM PDT

Hey everyone,

I did a search of the forum, but didn't find anything that answered my here goes.

We are adding our first server to our office....way past time. I am in the process of setting everything up. In the process, we also purchased 3 new computers.

The new computer will be going into "John's" office and replacing his old computer. I have added the new computer into our domain "yabbadabbadoo". The old computer is still in "workgroup".

Attempting to do the file transfer wizard, I run into a problem. Neither computer can find the other.

I can see each computer on the network. I can access each computer through the network. I can ping each computer.

So what's the deal? I am making the assumption that this is because 1 is in workgroup and 1 has been added to the domain.

Any idea's?

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Use the alternatives.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 23, 2007 5:19 AM PDT
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Rather than waste a day sorting firewall and more settings just use a spare USB drive to move the content.


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It's the domain
by Jimmy Greystone / October 23, 2007 5:26 AM PDT
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Only systems on the same domain OR (not and) workgroup can share files via Windows file sharing.

So, you can either add the old system to the domain temporarily, remove the new system from the domain temporarily, or use some other means of transferring the files such as an FTP server, burned CDs, USB thumb drives, or whatever else you might come up with.

Also, don't use the various "wizards" in Windows. They really are going to limit what you can do, and when they fail, they're not exactly forthcoming about why. The best system I've ever seen for this sort of thing, is to just manually copy over the files, and then let the old system sit for about a week before being redeployed. That way, if you missed moving anything to the new system, it's still there on the old one. You should also consider setting up a file server for people to save all of their files to. That way you eliminate the need to worry about transferring files from one system to the other.

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