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Sharing and permissions: Why can't I change Workgroup?

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Hi all,

I have a handfull of PC on my home network, all W2K Pro.
I need to set up one of these (PC-1) to be able to access a drive/partition on another of these (PC-2). This drive should be accessible to PC-1 only.

The two PCs in question both log in as Administrator, and the accounts have the same password (actually, apart from computer name, the installs are identical).
The network is as standard as you can get, and working fine on one workgroup named W1.

On PC-2: I create a New Share for the drive, go to Permissions, the click Add for permissions and get the Select Users or Groups dialog.
This first line on this is the Look In selector for for computers in the workgroup, and it is greyed out.

At stages (ie. under earlier installs), I have been able to change this drop-down selection. To the best of my knowledge, I have not changed anything and the installs are as identical as can be.

I have gotten around this issue by simply giving access to user Network, but this obviously gives access to all PCs on the network, not ideal and I would rather avoid this.

What am I missing? Shouldn't this drop-down selector let me select PC-1 on, then the user from that machine, simple as that?

Please help me if possible, before I tear my hairs out!

Thank you and all the best...
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From what I remember you can not do user permissions like that when in Workgroup mode. If you want to assign specific privaleges for user accounts you will need to set up a domain server.

When in workgroup mode, if a user connects to a share on a remote computer, they would log in using a user account setup on that remote computer.
I have just done some more research on this and everything that I am reading point back to that if you are in a workgroup environment, and the individual computers are not logging into a server, then the rights are managed on the computer that has the share.

So I am not really sure what it was that you were seeing before, but when in workgroup mode, permissions/accounts for a share on the computer that has the share itself.
It really does not make sense that you could. When in workgroup mode, you always set the share permissions based on the share computer's local accounts.

When a remote computer wants to access that share, they must enter a username or password that belongs to an account on the shared computer. If the remote computer is logged in as a user that is the same name and password on the shared computer, then they willl not be promted for username and password.
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