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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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Just checked on a couple of Windows2000 servers and workstations and you don't need to be a domain controller to restrict access by user.

What you would need to do is:

1. Create the same users and passwords on both computers
2. Change the admin password on one of them.
3. On PC-2, create the share you want.
4. Click on Permissions
5. Click on the Add button
6. Add in the local adminstrator's account on that computer (I would also recommend having one additional local admin account you can use as well)
7. Scroll down to you see the lists of names and add the ones you want with the permission level you want.
8. Remove Everyone from the list.
9. Now just don't give out the PC-1 users or passwords to the people using PC-2
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Just to clear up a couple of things.

1. You won't see the users on the other computer, just the you are working on. This is why you need to create the same user accounts and passwords on both.

2. Make sure you have at least one (preferrably two) local admin accounts that have access to the files on PC-2 with full access.

To add users, you can go to the Control Panel / User accounts icon and add them that way.
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