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skyrider



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2005 8:31 pm    Post subject:

I have a problem accessing a computer on my home network.
I have 3 computers attached to a Belkin router. Computer #1 is an XP Pro machine, computer #2 is an XP Home machine and computer #3 is an XP Pro machine. All 3 are up to date with Windows updates. All 3 are virus/malware free as far as Norton AV 2005, Spybot, AdAware SE, Counterspy and MS AntiSpyware are concerned.
Computer #1 can access #2 and #3.
Computer #2 can access #3.
Computer #3 can access #2.

#2 and #3 cannot access #1 but they can ping #1.
The message they receive is:

"\\#1 is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of the server...blah blah blah".

Since I am the Administrator of all 3 machines, my answer to me is "I don't know how to fix this". It seems that the problem lies with #1 since both machines can ping it but I can't find a way to permit them access.

I have created the user ID/password for both #2 and #3 in #1 and changed the Group Policy to allow connection with NO password. Computer #1 has Simple File Sharing enabled. What else should I check or change? Any suggestions are welcome.

Windows firewall is OFF in all 3. I use Zone Alarm 6.0.631.003 in computer #1 and 5.5.094 in #2 and #3. All computers are in the Trusted zone. If I turn off Zone Alarm in #1, it doesn't help.


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myob69



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 12:04 am    Post subject:

Computer #1 is an XP Pro machine has this got simple file sharing turn on. If so turn it off and see if this fixes your problem
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viknesh



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 5:05 am    Post subject:

In Folder Options - Turn on simple file sharing and then in the drives properties dialog in the Sharing and Security Select Enable File Sharing, if u have not done the Networking Wizard it will popup complete the wizard (during the wizard check to turn on file sharing) and enter a share name and check if you want the other computer to change ur file and click oK this must solve the problem or else do a upgrade install and must work well
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skyrider



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 12:07 am    Post subject:

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In Folder Options - Turn on simple file sharing and then in the drives properties dialog in the Sharing and Security Select Enable File Sharing, if u have not done the Networking Wizard it will popup complete the wizard (during the wizard check to turn on file sharing) and enter a share name and check if you want the other computer to change ur file and click oK this must solve the problem or else do a upgrade install and must work well
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myob69 says turn off Simple File Sharing, viknesh says turn it on. Whether it's on or off I get the same response '\\#1 is not accessible'.

This computer used to be accessible from the network. I don't remember exactly when it became inaccessible, but it may have been after I installed SP2. Could this have reset something? The othe computers are also using SP2.
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surrealist



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 6:31 am    Post subject:

Firewall . . . ?
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skyrider



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 12:21 pm    Post subject:

Firewall is Zone Alarm 6.0.631.003. All computers are in the Trusted zone. Windows firewall is off.
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Claymore



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 1:50 pm    Post subject:

In computer #1 right-click the shared folder(s) and under the Security tab check your Permissions.
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surrealist



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 6:26 pm    Post subject:

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Firewall is Zone Alarm 6.0.631.003. All computers are in the Trusted zone. Windows firewall is off.
skyrider
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Did you disable the Windows Firewall service or turn off the firewall from the Control Panel? The Computer Browser service -- what allows you to see shared resources in you workgroup -- requires that the Windows Firewall service be running, although the firewall can certainly be turned off.
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skyrider



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2005 6:28 pm    Post subject:

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In computer #1 right-click the shared folder(s) and under the Security tab check your Permissions.
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'Share this folder on the network ' and 'Allow network users to change my files' are checked.

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Did you disable the Windows Firewall service or turn off the firewall from the Control Panel? The Computer Browser service -- what allows you to see shared resources in you workgroup -- requires that the Windows Firewall service be running, although the firewall can certainly be turned off.

I turned off Windows firewall in the Control Panel.
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Claymore



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2005 8:29 pm    Post subject:

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QUOTE(Claymore @ Aug 29 2005, 01:50 PM)
In computer #1 right-click the shared folder(s) and under the Security tab check your Permissions.

'Share this folder on the network ' and 'Allow network users to change my files' are checked.



Not what I meant. Computer #1 is XP-Pro. Right-click on the shared folder(s), click 'Properties' and click the 'Security' tab. In the top pane is a list of Group or user names. You can add a Group if you want, but for now click on 'Everyone' and see what Permissions are allowed in the lower pane (Read, Write, etc.)
In XP-home you would have to go into Safe Mode to access the 'Security' tab, as it's not visible in Normal Mode.
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skyrider



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2005 9:44 pm    Post subject:

Sorry for the misunderstanding. When I select properties for a shared folder, I see 4 tabs, 'General, Sharing, Web Sharing and Customize", no 'Security'. I will try Safe Mode when I restart.
skyrider2

OK, I restarted in Safe Mode and found the following:

Document and Settings Properties
Share this folder is selected
Share name = Documents
Comment = Blank
User limit = Maximum allowed

When I select the Permissions button the box says 'Everyone'.
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Claymore



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 12:51 am    Post subject:

I've got a bit of an apology to make. You probably have Simple File Sharing enabled in Explorer => Tools => Folder Options => View - down at the bottom of the list. This hides the Security tab. But "Everyone" should allow access to just that, so it shouldn't be a permission problem.

May I suggest you check out this MS Article to check that you have everything set correctly as far as access and permissions go:

File sharing in XP

And just re-check what Surrealist is saying about Windows Firewall being turned off, and that in Services (Start => Run and type in services.msc) both the Computer Browser and Server services are set at Automatic and Started.
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skyrider



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 1:16 am    Post subject:

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I've got a bit of an apology to make. You probably have Simple File Sharing enabled in Explorer => Tools => Folder Options => View - down at the bottom of the list. This hides the Security tab. But "Everyone" should allow access to just that, so it shouldn't be a permission problem.

May I suggest you check out this MS Article to check that you have everything set correctly as far as access and permissions go:

File sharing in XP

And just re-check what Surrealist is saying about Windows Firewall being turned off, and that in Services (Start => Run and type in services.msc) both the Computer Browser and Server services are set at Automatic and Started.
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Thanks Claymore, I've printed 304040 and I'll read it over tonight and work on it tomorrow.
Computer Browser service - 'Started and Automatic'.
Server service 'Started and Automatic'.

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myob69



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 5:56 am    Post subject:

See if you can PING PC#1 from the other two PCs.
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skyrider



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 5:57 pm    Post subject:

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See if you can PING PC#1 from the other two PCs.
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Yes, I have pinged #1 from both computers 2 & 3.
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bigblue389



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2005 1:26 am    Post subject:

For what it's worth, I found on my systems (2-XP-Pro, 1-XP-Home) when I use a name such as "DRIVE_C" instead of something like "DESKTOP_C" they won't be seen on the network. Seems it's a "reserved word" in XP.
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black_udder



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 3:39 am    Post subject:

Ok, I've had the same problem and here's what I did to get it working on one pc:

2 pcs on 1 network, same workgroup name, both XP Pro w/SP2

Enabled Netbios over TCP/IP (per MS instructions (http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=318030))
Enabled simple file sharing (per MS instructions (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304040/))
Right click on the folder I wanted to share, uncheck share this folder, click apply (I then got the whole "setting permissions" wait). Then clicked share this folder and apply again.

I was able to see the folder and access it right away.

I did steps 1 & 2 on both computers. #3 I did only on the pc I was trying to access. Worked for one pc, not the other...

What's weirder is that if I just type \\computer name\folder I can access it.

Maybe it will help.
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skyrider



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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2006 3:21 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Thanks to all for the suggestions. I had just about given up on this problem when I received Fred Langa's newsletter this morning (http://www.langalist.com/). It contained a solution that someone submitted for a similar problem.

On the computer which cannot be accessed -
Open REGEDIT.
Under HKLM|SYSTEM|CurrentControlSet|Control|Lsa, change the value of "restrictanonymous" to 0 instead of 1 or 2. Don't change "restrictanonymoussam" value. The value should be REG_DWORD and Hexadecimal Base. (That's the default for that key) Restart your computer and access the resources on that PC, it should work properly if restrictanonymous was non-zero.

Instant fix.
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Figz



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 7:12 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

skyrider wrote:
Thanks to all for the suggestions. I had just about given up on this problem when I received Fred Langa's newsletter this morning (http://www.langalist.com/). It contained a solution that someone submitted for a similar problem.

On the computer which cannot be accessed -
Open REGEDIT.
Under HKLM|SYSTEM|CurrentControlSet|Control|Lsa, change the value of "restrictanonymous" to 0 instead of 1 or 2. Don't change "restrictanonymoussam" value. The value should be REG_DWORD and Hexadecimal Base. (That's the default for that key) Restart your computer and access the resources on that PC, it should work properly if restrictanonymous was non-zero.

Instant fix.



I can confirm this did work for me as well. 1 note though. I did change restrictanonymoussam to 0 as well and it worked regardless. Thank you so much for sharing your fix. I was ready to buy a new computer.
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Immu



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:37 am    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

skyrider wrote:
Thanks to all for the suggestions. I had just about given up on this problem when I received Fred Langa's newsletter this morning (http://www.langalist.com/). It contained a solution that someone submitted for a similar problem.

On the computer which cannot be accessed -
Open REGEDIT.
Under HKLM|SYSTEM|CurrentControlSet|Control|Lsa, change the value of "restrictanonymous" to 0 instead of 1 or 2. Don't change "restrictanonymoussam" value. The value should be REG_DWORD and Hexadecimal Base. (That's the default for that key) Restart your computer and access the resources on that PC, it should work properly if restrictanonymous was non-zero.

Instant fix.


It didnt help me for this issue as ther has been no changes on this system.
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