Joining DOMAIN -- WORKGROUPS

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by chaos945, Aug 18, 2004.

  1. chaos945

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    I got this new Toshiba A70 from my educational institution but it has been configured using domains. When logging on I actually need to specify the domain and then login. I REALLY don't want to muck up the current network settings so doing anything 'drastic' would be good to avoid, since I don't have a clue how to get them back to normal to get back on the school domain!

    Hooking it up to my home wireless network I successfully got it working online without having to change anything. When using iTunes successfully display streaming audio from itself and from my main workstation. I am very confused with domains, but I would like to get the two computers to share files and to connect via the gateway to play LAN games. I have trouble enough trying to connect two computers together using workgroups with all the fiddling with ports and firewall settings!

    My main workstation has been setup to use workgroups, and I don't have the slightest clue how to get the two computers to talk to each other! :eek:

    Do I have to setup a HOME domain? I tried this already but it started saying stuff about domain controllers and such, of which I have absolutely NO IDEA!

    I can't even get them to display each other’s shares, its weird that iTunes works FLAWLESSLY when I can't even share a single file between the two. Does anyone with more knowledge on this subject have any idea how it can be done?


    Specs (both Windows XP Pro)
    D-Link Router DI-524
    Integrated onboard 802.11g NIC (laptop), SP1
    Integrated 3Com wired NIC (Asus A7N8X Deluxe, workstation), SP2
    Sygate Pro Firewall, no firewall on the laptop
     
  2. chaos945

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    Well, after reading a few of the other posts I began to suspect Sygate...

    I added a custom rule to allow ALL traffic of all kinds originating from the MAC address of my router. I am now able to see both computer 'workgroups' in the Network Places area.

    Simple file sharing is off, but I just can't seem to get the security settings on properly for them to actually be able to GET the shares.... :confused:

    /LATER
    After more reading I suspect its the blank passwords reinforcement, where exactly is this setting?
    I've added a password to my workstation's automated login account and I'm now able to get all shares from the workstation. I still can't logon to the laptop to get the shares, the users on the laptop already have passwords, it's security must be tighter than my workstation...

    /LATER
    Well, I've messed it up, now I can't login to either. :D

    I want it be able to access shares without having to type no less than 5 passwords, thank you very much...I don't care how insecure it is..

    /LATER
    o_O

    /LATER
    After much buggering around, I got to where I was before, I can get the laptop to login to my workstation's shares by using the user account and password that my workstation uses. But I can't get the workstation to logon to the laptop in the same way...
     

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  3. chaos945

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    Bit of an update:

    I can access all shares and files that are on the Workstation but I still can't access shares on the Laptop, I can see the Laptop I just can't login to it. I get the login window as posted above and my user login won't work.

    Anyone have ideas on what security settings could have been applied to the Laptop using a Domain setup so I can login to it from the workstation?

    I uninstalled Sygate Pro for the moment for simplicity’s sake.
     
  4. Electronic Punk

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    When you go to System, is workgroup or domain chosen?
     
  5. chaos945

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    Workstation - Using workgroups
    Laptop - Using domains
     
  6. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Either has to be one or the other mate :eek:
     
  7. chaos945

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    I can access the files on the workstation though...

    If I change the workstation over to using a domain, can I make my own HOME domain and make the laptop a member of it and still leave it as a member of the EDU domain at school? If thats the case then the big question is: can I setup a domain controller with windows XP Pro? From what I've read probably not... :confused:

    Resource

    /EDIT
    Resource - This resource had all the information I needed to figure out my problem. Basically it stated that it is not a good idea for me to switch a computer that is a member of a domain over to a workgroup, to share the files on it because joining the domain again could be difficult.
     
  8. Electronic Punk

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    Would be a huge security risk if you could.

    WORKGROUPS do not require a server, Domains do
     
  9. chaos945

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    I guess third party software might work for sharing files, PC Anywhere or something like that.

    Usually window’s network features work fine by themselves this is an odd circumstance.