Quote: Originally Posted by rustyw
I've done a lot of trouble shooting since my last post... the win2000 pc can not even ping virtualmedia (the name of the Windows 7 pc) nor ping its ip address. One thing I'm thinking is that the PC name virtualmedia is longer then any other pc name but... I could not ping its ip address so... that's probably not the problem. I've reset my network switch and router and checked the DNS server, network mask, ip address... I'm rebooting the win2000 system (when all else fails LOL) and googleing "win 2000 network 64 bit". I use to be a network administrator in the early 90s, it's kind of coming back to me, LOL.
I want to thank you for trying to help... this is a weird problem.
Ok... several problems here...
1) Computer names are limited to 11 characters in length.
2) In mixed operating system environments you are NOT going to get home networking to work at all ... believe me, been there, tried that, got the scars to show for it.
Leave your windows 2000 machine alone. If it was working with XP... it will still work here...
On the Windows 7 machines... Control Panel -> System -> Advanced System Settings -> Computer Name
Pick names for the computers 11 characters or less.
Put all computers in the same workgroup as the Win2000 machine. (i.e. copy it from the same spot on that machine)
OK your way out...
Reboot when prompted. Control Panel -> Network and sharing -> Change adaptor settings -> Local Area Connection -> Right click -> Properties
Uncheck Internet Protocal TCPIP V6
Uncheck Link Layer Topology Responder
Uncheck Link Layer Topology Mapper
Now Highlight TCPIP v4 and click properties.
In this dialog make sure the "Obtain IP Address Automatically " is marked
Also make sure "Obtain DNS Server address Automatically" is marked.
Ok your way out of there...
Reboot your system Control Panel -> Folder Options -> View
Uncheck "Use File Sharing Wizard" Control Panel -> Network and Sharing -> Network
If it says anything other than "Work Network" click on what it does say and select "Work Network" from the resulting dialog. Control Panel -> Network and Sharing -> Advanced Sharing Settings -> Home or Work
Turn on Network Discovery
Turn on File and printer sharing
Turn OFF public folder sharing
Turn OFF any multimedia cataloging options
Enable File Sharing with devices that use 40 or 50 bit encryption
Turn OFF pasword protected sharing
Enable "Use Usernames and Passwords to connect to other computers"
Apply changes then Reboot again.
At this point all machines should see each other and themselves in your Network folder.
Now the task is to set up your folder shares...
On whatever folders you want shared... Right Click the folder -> Sharing ->Advanced Sharing -> Advanced Sharing
Check the box that says "Share this folder"
Select a name for the share (it will default to the folder name)
Now you have read only sharing set up for "Everyone"... You should be able to log into all the machines from each other... you will be asked for a user name and password, enter the account name etc for the TARGET machine, not the one you are sitting at. Check the remember me box and you won't be asked again...
To take this to the next level, where people can add, change, delete and move files around...
Go back to the sharing dialog and click Permissions... Enter the usernes from the computer you are at who you want to have added permissions... highlight them and then select "Full Control" at the bottom... those users will now have full priveledges on that share only...
Whew... I hope this helps...