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  1. #1
    New Lounger
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    Why would a newly installed WinXP workstation be denied access to a file share on another workstation in its workgroup, and how can I fix this?

    Facts: Two XPSP3 workstations, Blue and Gold, each fully patched with user logged on, in each case, to an administrator-level account. Blue has a fresh XPSP3 installation and before this installation connected successfully to a file share on Gold. The two are on a simple Windows LAN, no domain. No obvious firewall issues because the two workstations will map drives to file shares on the other machine, and each machine appears under the workgroup icon in Windows Explorer, My Network Places, Entire Network, Microsoft Windows Network. The file share's permissions are Administrator, Administrators, and 2 local administrator-level accounts.

    Problem: Blue will map a drive letter to \\Gold\[share name] but when clicking on that icon, or the share name in My Network Places, an error message appears: "\\Gold\[share name] is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. Access is denied." Adding "Authenticated Users" to the share name's permissions has no effect. Also, no logon dialog appears as typically is the case when one maps a drive to a share on another workstation for the first time.

    Many thanks for your thoughts.

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    To access a network share you need to logon to the share with a user/pass that is defined on the machine with the share.

    Do you use the same user/pass to logon to both machines?

    cheers, Paul

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    Plutonium Lounger
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    Just as an experiment, to try and understand what is happening, could you try issuing the following commands in a command window on one of the two computers...

    • The two computers are named PC1 and PC2
    • You are issuing the commands on PC1
    • PC2 has an admin account with a username of USER2
    • PC2 has a share with a sharename of SHARE2

    NET VIEW \\PC2
    NET USE * \\PC2\SHARE2

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