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File sharing with Windows XP Pro

By Rel Blackmane ·
I'm working on a small network with 10 computers all running xp pro. Every system has mapped drives to evry other computer and all share the root C drive. The problem is when one person opens a file or document and then alters it and saves it, another person at another station who wants to copy and paste that document to their own system can't. Acess denied. You have to remove the share and recreate it to get the file. How can I stop this from happening?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to File sharing with Windows ...

i wonder if you have the latest office patches and service packs applied? ditto for xp? this sounds like it might be a bug addressed by same...

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by Rel Blackmane In reply to

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All patches already installed. It has to be something with permissions.

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All patches already installed. It has to be something with permissions.

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by dmiles In reply to File sharing with Windows ...

While the file is open and worked on by one person and another wants to access the file the problem here is that the person that made changes has taken ownership of the file,therefore they will have to save file to server and close the file before being viewed.
See Taking Ownership under Help

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by Rel Blackmane In reply to

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There is no server in this network. Everybody has mapped drives to evryone else. Something to do with permissions perhaps?

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by Rel Blackmane In reply to

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No server in this network. Everybody has mapped drives to everyone else. I'm thinking it has to do with inheriting permissions or something similar.

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by Slaoui In reply to File sharing with Windows ...

The problem you have is due to the fact that XP Pro doesn't allow more than 10 connections if set up in a workgroup. Since you already have 9 stations already connected to the 10th one (through drive mapping), and the root drive is also connected (10th connection), then whoever tries to add another connection will be denied (11th connection).
What you could do is reduce the number of connections by eliminating file sharing in two workstations reducing thereby the number of connections to 8 at any given time and at any given station.
If you really do not want to reduce the number of sharing connections, you can reduce the AutoDisonnect time; AutoDisconnect automatically disconnects a connection if it has been idle for 15 min (this is the default). When the session is disconnected, one of the ten connections becomes available so that another user can connect to the Windows XP system. You can configure the AutoDisconnect time by running the following command from a command prompt:
net config server /autodisconnect:time_before_autodisconnect
Specify the "time_before_disconnect" in minutes.
For more info, check out Article ID 314882 in the microsoft.com website...
Good Luck,
SK

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by Sue T In reply to File sharing with Windows ...

I am guessing that you have shared FOLDERS in which you have given full access to everyone on each computer that documents are saved to. Is someone using the document from the shared folder instead of copying it to their computer and then copying back the updated one when they are done with it. Because if someone has the document open and someone else tries to copy or replace it they won't be allowed. I find that a lot of people don't realize when they are working on something that isn't really on their computer, they figure if they are working on it it must be. Also, you don't say what programs they are using but did you check for permission setting within those applications?

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