XP Home and 2000 Proffessional



burtx
07-10-2005, 02:51 AM
I'm having trouble connecting two XP Home and 2000 Proffessional machines.
They do ping between IP addresses but do not see each other in the workgroup.
Firewall is completely disabled in the XP Home machine. I would appreciate
some hints and further checkings.

Steve Winograd [MVP]
07-10-2005, 02:51 AM
In article <262650AE-0D5A-445D-B7A0-1A4644AB82A6@microsoft.com>,
"burtx" <burtx@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>I'm having trouble connecting two XP Home and 2000 Proffessional machines.
>They do ping between IP addresses but do not see each other in the workgroup.
>Firewall is completely disabled in the XP Home machine. I would appreciate
>some hints and further checkings.

Try accessing the other computer directly by typing its name in the
Start | Run box in this format:

\\computer

If that doesn't work, make sure that NetBIOS over TCP/IP is enabled on
both computers:

1. Open the Network Connections folder.
2. Right click the local area network connection.
3. Click Properties.
4. Double click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
5. Click Advanced.
6. Click WINS.
7. Click the Enable NetBIOS Over TCP/IP button.
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Steve Winograd, MS-MVP (Windows Networking)

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Chuck
07-10-2005, 02:51 AM
On Sat, 14 May 2005 14:18:03 -0700, "burtx" <burtx@discussions.microsoft.com>
wrote:

>I'm having trouble connecting two XP Home and 2000 Proffessional machines.
>They do ping between IP addresses but do not see each other in the workgroup.
>Firewall is completely disabled in the XP Home machine. I would appreciate
>some hints and further checkings.

As Steve says, make sure that you have NetBIOS Over TCP/IP enabled.

Then check the browser, which is a very common cause of problems like yours.
<http://nitecruzr.blogspot.com/2005/04/nt-browser-or-why-cant-i-always-see.html>

The Microsoft Browstat program will show us what browsers (I'm not talking about
Internet Explorer here) you have in your domain / workgroup, at any time.
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=188305

You can download Browstat from either:
<http://www.dynawell.com/reskit/microsoft/win2000/browstat.zip>
<http://rescomp.stanford.edu/staff/manual/rcc/tools/browstat.zip>

Browstat is very small (40K), and needs no install. Just unzip the downloaded
file, copy browstat.exe to any folder in the Path, and run it from a command
window, by "browstat status". Make sure all computers list the same master
browser.

For more information about the browser subsystem (very intricate), see:
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=188305
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=188001
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=231312
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q102878/
<http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winntas/deploy/prodspecs/ntbrowse.mspx>
<http://www.microsoft.com/technet/archive/win95/w95brows.mspx>

The browser requires anonymous access, so look at registry key
[HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa], value restrictanonymous.
<http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/en-us/default.asp?url=/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/en-us/regentry/46688.asp>
<http://www.jsifaq.com/subf/tip2600/rh2625.htm>
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=246261
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=296403

For browsing to work (for each computer to be listed by a browser), each
computer must have a restrictanonymous value of "0".

The above articles refer to Windows 2000. Remember Win2K is NT V5.0, and WinXP
is NT V5.1.

Have you used the Registry Editor before? If not, it's a scary tool, but it's
pretty simple once you get used to it. Here are a couple articles that might
help:
<http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/using/productdoc/en/default.asp?url=/windowsxp/home/using/productdoc/en/tools_regeditors.asp>
<http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/registry>

Just remember to backup the key (create a registry patch) for
[HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa] before making any changes, if
appropriate.

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Cheers,
Chuck
http://nitecruzr.blogspot.com/
Paranoia is not necessarily a bad thing - it's a normal response from experience.
My email is AT DOT
actual address pchuck sonic net.


XP Home and 2000 Proffessional