Win 2003 Server

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Subject: Win 2003 Server
Posted by:  AlterEgo (someo…
Date: Fri, 16 May 2008

Hi all,

What is the process for setting up Windows 2003 Enterprise SP2 on a
Workgroup server co-existing with a laptop running XP SP2? This should  be
simple, correct? I have done what I think should be done, and neither
computer shows up in the others' View Workgroup Computers screen. I want the
server to act as a file and print server.

Router is Linksys WRT54G and all network connections are fine. Server is
wired and laptop is wi-fi. Windows firewall is enabled on both computers.
Server is fixed internal IP and Laptop is DHCP assigned by the router. I
connect directly to the Internet from the laptop.

Possible hint: About a year ago, I disabled a number of services based upon
a credible web-site recommendation - services not used. I don't remember
disabling any services that might be necessary for small networks, but maybe
I did inadvertently. I haven't had any other issues.

I was originally using the server as a server/desktop machine, but now I
want to set up a home Workgroup network with a new laptop. In summary, this
is what I've done so far:

1. Named the server and added it to MSHOME workgroup.
2. Downgraded my new Lenovo Vista Laptop to XP SP2 (not consequential, but I
still feel the pain, sorry).
3. Named my laptop and added it to MSHOME workgroup.
4. Added my identical User Name and Password to both computers
(Administrator's Group).
5. Shared the printer on the server.

From the laptop:
I can connect to an administrative share (c$) on the server and browse the
file system using the internal IP address.
I can't map the administrative share based upon the name of the server.
I can't browse the MSHOME workgroup.

From the server:
I can't connect to anything on the laptop using IP address or name.

Any help is appreciated. Thx.