> 1) through a common workgroup. Using private network for all computers,
> enabled network discovery and file sharing in all the computers
> 2) All the computers are using Window Vista Business
> 3) If i use a wireless laptop (A) as server, all the computers are able to
> remotely access the folders in A. However, when I use a wired desktop as
> server, all the computers have problem connecting to the desktop. I have 4
> wireless laptops and i desktop.
OK, we had a miscommunications issue because of semantics. "Connecting
remotely" means something quite different from what you think it means. It
means to connect from *outside* your Local Area Network, like when you need
to get into your work computer from home. I think this is not what you
really meant. From what you've written above, you are doing a simple Local
Area Network file/printer sharing.
Because we're still missing a great deal of information about your
computers, I'll give you my general network troubleshooting steps. Go
through them, taking the bits you need. Offhand, I'd guess that you don't
have matching user accounts/passwords on the desktop and/or its firewall is
Also you need to be aware that there is an inbound concurrent connections
limitation of 10 connections in Vista Business. This doesn't mean users or
computers. One computer can make multiple connections to a server or, in
your case, a pseudo-server. If more than 5 "client" workstations are
connecting to the pseudo-server, you may bump into that limitation and
should consider replacing Vista Business with a real server operating
In addition, if you are using a computer as a file or application server,
that computer should be connected to the network *wired* and should have a
static IP address. This is probably not the cause of your network sharing
issues, but I mention it to be thorough.
Here are general network troubleshooting steps. Not everything may be
applicable to your situation, so just take the bits that are. It may look
daunting, but if you follow the steps at the links and suggestions below
systematically and calmly, you will have no difficulty in setting up your
Excellent, thorough, yet easy to understand article about File/Printer
Sharing in Vista. Includes details about sharing printers as well as files
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. 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 192.168.1.0-192.168.1.254.
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. DO NOT TURN OFF FIREWALLS;
CONFIGURE THEM CORRECTLY.
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:
Start Orb>Search box>type: netplwiz [enter]
Click on Continue (or supply an administrator's password) when prompted by
Uncheck the option "Users must enter a user name and password to use this
computer". Select a user account to automatically log on by clicking on the
desired account to highlight it and then hit OK. Enter the correct password
for that user account (if there is one) when prompted. Leave it blank if
there is no password (null).
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