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Shared drive in xp and 2000

By byteside ·
I have a 2 computer peer to peer network at home. One computer has windows xp pro. and the other has win2k. I shared a drive and two printers from the xp machine. I could not get connected to the shares from the win2k machine but could see the xp machine in the workgroup. After messing with it for awhile I turned off the xp firewall and now everything is wonderful. My question: is there a way to share and still use the xp firewall. If not than what good is it?

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by CG IT In reply to Shared drive in xp and 20 ...

it's good for a stand alone computer connected to the internet. It's not good for networked computers.

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by byteside In reply to Shared drive in xp and 20 ...

So in otherwords. You can not use the firewall in a network environment.

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by TheChas In reply to Shared drive in xp and 20 ...

XP's built in firewall is junk.
Forget about it, and install the free version of Zone Alarm
www.zonelabs.com

With ANY firewall, you need to set permissions to allow your networked PC to access the PC with the firewall.

You need to jot down the MAC address of the W2K PC.
Then, in the local zone settings, you need to enter the MAC address and set permissions.

Chas

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