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Create the same username even you have assigned everyone

Postby guest » Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:00 pm

Do you have 3rd party security software? This post may help too.

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> Here's my situation:
> Three computers on a LAN:
> Computer "A":
> Vista Business
> UAC turned off; no firewall
> A "shared" folder (C:\AAA) with permissions set to allow full control
> by Everyone
> Computer "B":
> Windows XPPro
> From Windows Explorer, I can access the AAA folder (add, delete and
> edit files) on computer "A" with no problem.
> Computer "C":
> Vista Business
> UAC turned on
> From Windows Explorer, when I try to access the AAA folder I get an
> "Windows cannot access \\ComputerName\aaa" pop-up. Clicking on
> <Diagnose> displays: "aaa is available but the user account that you
> are logged on with was denied access."
> How can I get it so that Computer "C" has full access to the folder on
> Computer "A" ?

> No - there's no 3rd party stuff. No firewalls. Nothing on either
> computer.
> The post you suggested I look at led to a list of things to check. One
> of them said something about having a common user id and password on
> both computer ("A" and "C" in my example). Is that really necessary? I
> would think that if I share this folder with "Everyone" then Everyone
> should be able to get to it.

"Everyone" refers to all users on the local machine so yes, you should
create identical user accounts/passwords. See below for more details.

Problems sharing files between computers on a network are generally caused
by 1) a misconfigured firewall or overlooked firewall (including a stateful
firewall in a VPN); or 2) inadvertently running two firewalls such as the
built-in Windows Firewall and a third-party firewall; and/or 3) not having
identical user accounts and passwords on all Workgroup machines; 4) trying
to create shares where the operating system does not permit it.

A. Configure firewalls on all machines to allow the Local Area Network (LAN)
traffic as trusted. With Windows Firewall, this means allowing File/Printer
Sharing on the Exceptions tab. Normally running the Network Setup Wizard on
XP will take care of this for those machines.The only "gotcha" is that this
will turn on the XPSP2 Windows Firewall. If you aren't running a
third-party firewall or have an antivirus/security program with its own
firewall component, then you're fine. With third-party firewalls, I
usually configure the LAN allowance with an IP range. Ex. would be Obviously you would substitute your correct
subnet. Refer to any third party security program's Help or user forums for
how to properly configure its firewall. Do not run more than one firewall.

B. For ease of organization, put all computers in the same Workgroup. This
is done from the System applet in Control Panel, Computer Name tab.

C. Create matching user accounts and passwords on all machines. You do not
need to be logged into the same account on all machines and the passwords
assigned to each user account can be different; the accounts/passwords just
need to exist and match on all machines. DO NOT NEGLECT TO CREATE
PASSWORDS, EVEN IF ONLY SIMPLE ONES. If you wish a machine to boot directly
to the Desktop (into one particular user's account) for convenience, you
can do this. The instructions at this link work for both XP and Vista:

Configure Windows to Automatically Login (MVP Ramesh) -

D. If one or more of the computers is XP Pro or Media Center, turn off
Simple File Sharing (Folder Options>View tab).

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Postby guest » Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:26 pm

I created an account on computer "A" (with the user id and password
from computer "C") and the AAA folder magically became available.

Is this the ONLY way to resolve this issue? This means that if I have
a half-dozen users that need to access computer "A" then they have to
publicize their password (to me at least) so I can create the account
on computer "A". Seems to me that the user should be able to keep his
password to himself.
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