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XP workgroups seeing each other's shares

By saratogapete ·
I have a client with 2 differently named workgroups. We just upgraded all PCs in Workgroup 2 to XP Pro. After the upgrade all of the Windows XP clients can see the shares on the other workgroup (the PC in the other workgroup is also a XP Pro system and this has the key database on it.)

The two workgroups are interconnected via a LinkSys Router that they both share in order to get onto the Internet via the same broadband provider.

We have 2 separate Access databases - one on each workgroup. These need to be separate and secure (security was not an issue in the past since the workgroups could not be seen). Neither database has a password on it right now.

The longer term vision is to have these 2 separate databases doing their own thing but each db would have a connection to a 'public' db for some open and shared information.

We've looked at single file server & workgroup, 2 file servers (no more peer to peer workgroups), and a NAS appliance between the 2 existing workgroups.

Any configuration suggestions and insights into XP Pro workgroup networking and 'bigger' solutions will be appreciated.

Thanks.

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by Parbo In reply to XP workgroups seeing each ...

You can create a group and assign object permissions to it(for the DB folder). then you create a user group and put them in the group for access to the DB folder. You do that on both machines and you should be fine. Workgroups have a lot of administration. So you will have to create users accounts for all the users that should have access to resources on that system.

Hope this helps

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by saratogapete In reply to XP workgroups seeing each ...

Parbo,
Where do I find all of this administration that you speak of? The only thing I've seen has been the options when you click on the "Sharing" shortcut menu option from Explorer. I've only seen the share (yes/no) option. How do you dig down to these advanced settings?
Peter

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by sfc_gijoe In reply to XP workgroups seeing each ...

To get to the options Parbo is talking about you need to go to Control Panel - Folder Options - View Tab - At the bottom of the choices you need to uncheck "Use Simple File Sharing".

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Partial answer but we've decided to go with a server.

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