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network workgroup name not accessible AGAIN

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Old 12-19-2008
AB
 

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network workgroup name not accessible AGAIN
A couple of months ago, my workgroup name used for many years (let's call it
ABC) stopped working. I could access my networked computers by using their
paths \\mylaptop\downloads but not their network name. I rebooted but it did
not help.

So I changed the workgroup name to ABC2 and it worked for 2 months up to
today at 4 PM, when workgroup names were last used to share some files.

Suddenly, again, I could use the paths but not the workgroup. I rebooted but
it did not help. I changed the workgroup on 4 of my computers to ABC3,
rebooted, and I see the networks again.

What could be ruining my workgroups while allowing paths to still work? Any
suggestions for the future (since I've changed workgroup names for now)?

Thanks.

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Old 12-19-2008
Jack \(MS, MVP-Networking\)
 

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Re: network workgroup name not accessible AGAIN
Hi
If you maintain one cohesive peer-to-peer network all computers should be
configured to the same Network /Work Group name and each one should have a
unique name.
Within this Network/Workgroup you do not need to use the Network name just
the \\computer name\drive\older.
Jack (MS, MVP-Networking)

"AB" <asb@nospam.invalid> wrote in message
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>A couple of months ago, my workgroup name used for many years (let's call
>it ABC) stopped working. I could access my networked computers by using
>their paths \\mylaptop\downloads but not their network name. I rebooted but
>it did not help.
>
> So I changed the workgroup name to ABC2 and it worked for 2 months up to
> today at 4 PM, when workgroup names were last used to share some files.
>
> Suddenly, again, I could use the paths but not the workgroup. I rebooted
> but it did not help. I changed the workgroup on 4 of my computers to ABC3,
> rebooted, and I see the networks again.
>
> What could be ruining my workgroups while allowing paths to still work?
> Any suggestions for the future (since I've changed workgroup names for
> now)?
>
> Thanks.


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