Solved: Vista & XP file sharing

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rainforest123

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XP Home SP2
192.168.0.101
255.255.255.0
workgroup

Vista Home Premium SP 0
192.168.0.102
255.255.255.0
workgroup

McAfee Firewall; part of McAfee Security Suite

XP's firewall is off.

Vista's firewall is off.

Ethernet & Ethernet.

XP can ping Vista's IP address

Vista can ping XP's IP address

Neither can ping the other's friendly name.

XP can see Vista.

Vista can see XP.

I cannot access files, from XP on Vista.

I can access files on XP, from Vista. I can push files from Vista to a folder [ sharing is enabled ] on XP.
c:\files_from_Vista

Same thing happens in selective startup.
All Microsoft services enabled & hidden; all other services disabled.
All startup items disabled.

I verified that the following services were started:
Browser
DHCP Clinet
DNS Client
Network Con
Network Local Aware
RPC
Servier
TcP / IP
Workstation

What is the significance of being able to ping the IP address, but ping the friendly name?

RF123
 

DaveA

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McAfee Firewall; part of McAfee Security Suite
This just may be your problem. I have yet found a network with McAfee on it to work completely as designed
 

TerryNet

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"Friendly" name the same as computer or host name? Ability to ping by IP address but not by name is usually a firewall or NetBIOS issue. For each PC please show ...

Start, Run, CMD, OK to open a command prompt:
(For Vista type CMD in the Search box after Start)

Type the following command:

nbtstat -n

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If necessary use a text file and removable media to copy the results to a computer with internet access.
 

rainforest123

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DaveA:
It wouldn't surprise me.

TN:
Thanks.

By friendly name, I mean "host name", which in "system properties" is "full computer name".

nbtstat -n
Vista
Local Area Connection:
Node IpAddress: [192.168.0.102] Scope Id: []

NetBIOS Local Name Table

Name Type Status
---------------------------------------------
manchester <00> UNIQUE Registered
WORKGROUP <00> GROUP Registered
manchester <20> UNIQUE Registered
WORKGROUP <1E> GROUP Registered

nbtstat -n
XP
Local Area Connection 3:
Node IpAddress: [192.168.0.101] Scope Id: []

NetBIOS Local Name Table

Name Type Status
---------------------------------------------
lyons <00> UNIQUE Registered
WORKGROUP <00> GROUP Registered
lyons <20> UNIQUE Registered
WORKGROUP <1E> GROUP Registered

RF123
 
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Have you checked the Network and Sharing Center.....might be useful.

Also keep in mind the permissions set on the file share.

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Neither machine is the master browser. Unless you have another computer on the network that would explain the inability to ping by name. But I have no idea how neither would get elected master browser as long as the Computer Browser service is running. I assume that is the service you meant in your initial post by "Browser."
 

rainforest123

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TN:
"Computer Browser". Your assumption is correct.

Thanks for noting: "Neither machine is the master browser."

How do I enable the master browser?

RF123
 

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Normally there is no problem with a computer becoming Master Browser. In fact, what I was expecting to see is both of them being master, which would point to a firewall problems.

I'm sure there is some registry edit to prevent a PC from becoming Master, but I do not know where it is.

In short, I don't know where to go from here.
 

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How to control how a computer participates in the Master Browser election:

Using REGEDIT, modify these STRING registry keys:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \System \CurrentControlSet \Services \Browser \Parameters]
MaintainServerList = "Auto" (Pro = "Auto", Server = "Yes", Off = "No")
IsDomainMaster = "True" (On = "True", Off = "False", Default = "False")

The MaintainServerList controls if it should participate in the election at all.
The IsDomainMaster gives the computer a higher priority in the election.
 

rainforest123

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JW:
Thanks.

I forgot to mention that the computers are on a workgroup, not a domain.

How does that impact the advice you offered?
"The IsDomainMaster gives the computer a higher priority in the election."

RF123
 

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The browser election mechanism works the same in a workgroup. The setting just makes that machine win any election if it's the only one with that attribute, that's what it's for.
 

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Dave-A:
Problem resolved by uninstalling McAfee Firewalls; using integrated FW's from Winodws.

support.clpafs:
You were correct that I needed to make a change. I discovered that even though I shared the printer, it wasn't available until I enabled printer sharing in Network and Sharing Center.

TN & JW:
Thanks for contributing to my education.
(y) (y)

RF123
 
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