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Windows 7: Does a workgroup name change delete all shares and permissions?

05 Jan 2013   #1
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 
Does a workgroup name change delete all shares and permissions?

Hey everyone... havent posted here in a while!

Had a strange issue on one of my clients business PCs. These 2 PC's are setup each year at a kiosk for tax preparation. They were working perfectly last year and were boxed up and stored for most of the year. Today I had to get the kiosk and 2 PC ad hoc network all setup and working again. Should have been easy as pie...

But once I had them connected I couldnt attach to any shares from the "client" to the "server" (both running win7). The "server" in this ad hoc had all of the shares from last year not shared anymore. It has to have approx 20 folders shared in order for their apps to work.

I am suspecting that during the off season it was plugged into a different network and might have had the workgroup changed and then changed back before I arrived. Can anyone tell me if a workgroup name change would in fact change/delete the share permissions? I have googled and searched this site, but all I get are how to change a workgroup name or how to change share permissions... <--- I know how to do that!!!


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05 Jan 2013   #2
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

The Workgroup name won't change automatically just by being plugged into a different network.

Changing the Workgroup name also should not be changing the NTFS permissions but I haven't experimented with that.

I would suspect that the time/date settings are not set correctly on those machines which will cause these types of problems but it's not easy to guess about the cause from my end.
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06 Jan 2013   #3
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
The Workgroup name won't change automatically just by being plugged into a different network.

Changing the Workgroup name also should not be changing the NTFS permissions but I haven't experimented with that.

I would suspect that the time/date settings are not set correctly on those machines which will cause these types of problems but it's not easy to guess about the cause from my end.
Yes I totally know that it wont change a wg name simply by plugging into a diff network.

I didnt think a wg name change would change or delete shares, just a suspiscion... nor do I want to test and "break" it again! As I said in OP everything was working and I suspect that someone "fiddled" with settings in the offseason!

I also did fix by manually recreating all the shares, didnt have anything to do with time/date settings!
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