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connecting to shares on Windows XP

By jroehl ·
I have a windows workgroup containing one server running Windows 2000 sever, about 12 pcs running Windows XP Pro and 2 pcs running Windows 2000 Pro. They all connect to a Linksys router that is handling DHCP for all of the pcs. The server and three laser printers have static IP addresses assigned. The server is used for file and printer sharing - it controls print queues for the printers and also houses a shared directory where users place files they wish to share with others on the network, along with one network application.

My problem is - all of the pcs can map a drive to the shared directory on the server without a problem, can print on all of the laser printers, and use the networked application. But things are strange when I try to map drives from the server to shares on some of the pcs - required for doing backups with the server's internal tape drive.

From the server I can map drives to the 2 pcs with win2k pro. I can also map drives to 2 of the pcs with XP pro. But I get error 1385 whenver I try to map drives to the remaining xp pro pcs. It is driving me crazy that I cannot find what is different with the 2 different xp pro pcs.

I have gone into the local security policy on each pc to verify that the user name I use when mapping the drive has permission to access the computer through the network. I've tried more than one user name but that didn't make any difference.

I really need some assistance before we lose a drive on one of the xp pro pcs and don't have a backup.

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by CG IT In reply to connecting to shares on W ...

well servers generally have 2 licensing modes. per seat or per server. If you bought a retail copy of W2K server, it comes with 5 licenses. If you chose per server mode, you get 5 connections. After that you have to buy additional client Access Licenses for each computer or user that will access the server.

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The licensing is configured as per seat. The drive mapping was not an issue until I diabled the "everyone" account on the pcs to prevent people from browsing the hard drive of other pcs on the LAN. I want to require a specific user name and password to see the contents of the drives of other pcs.

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by CG IT In reply to connecting to shares on W ...

well you didn't mention removing the everyone group from files and wanting to require a user name and password to access shares. Only that you couldn't map drives from the server to shares on some pcs. you mentioned a non domain environment [a workgroup] with a Windows 2000 server which by nature, has inherent limitations to the # of connections. Because of that imitations, when you reach the limit you won't be able to make a connection. This can manifest itself in a # of ways.

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by RagingBull In reply to connecting to shares on W ...

Thought about running a scheduled backup on the clients that then copies the backup file back to the server file share as opposed to the other way around?

Are you trying to connect to the hidden drive share or an actual share? If trying to connect to the hidden make sure you have actually enabled file & print sharing on the client. By default this is turned off.

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by jroehl In reply to connecting to shares on W ...

I (We) solved the puzzle, so I thought I'd report the solution. I got the bookkeeper involved - a very detail-oriented person who happens to be my spouse. We looked at all settings in the Local Security Policy on the 2 XP Pro pcs that would allow the connection from the server and compared them line-by-line to the settings on one pc that would not allow the connection. The only difference was in Security Options, the computers that allowed the connections had Network access: Sharing and security model for local accounts set to Classic - local users authenticate as themselves. On the other XP Pro pcs, the setting was Guest only - local users authenticate as Guest. I changed that setting on the problem pcs and the drives mapped as desired ant the backup is running.

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