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Firewall problem?
  Posted by  Frederick Davis  on Monday, February 09, 2004 at 4:01:01 AM (EST)
Hi,

I have LS2003 running on a WinXP Home platform. Firewall switched on. On this server are a number of folders that are shared out as mapped drives to my other clients (Win98SE). When these clients logon all network drives are restored and are immediately available.

Recently I purchased a new laptop also running WinXP Home. However, I cannot get this machine to reconnect its network drives at logon. I have read anything and everything on the WinXP networking support forum but nothing works for me. One recurring suggestion, that I haven't yet tried, is to completely remove any 3rd party firewalls.

I don't want to remove the LS2003 firewall. I have disabled it during testing but there is no difference.

What is your opinion? Do I need to uninstall LS 2003 in order to get this working?


Has anyone successfully configured WinXP to WinXP mapped network drives (with or without NETBEUI) that reconnect at logon?

Thanks,
Fred.
  Posted by Andy Sharrem  on Monday, February 09, 2004 at 4:29:25 PM (EST)
I beleive your problem is a XP networking issue that I have encountered several times when deploying XP machines in a WorkGroup. There are a couple of work arounds...

1. Change the Local Security Policy. Look for 'Local Policies' - 'Security Options' - 'Limit local account use of blank passwords to console only'. Disable this setting. Or...

2. Set a password on the XP Server for the authenticating client username.

There is also another anomaly with XP when browsing downlevel clients. XP will appear to hang/crash when browsing the downlevel network share. This may take 10-15 mins, but will eventually display the files. Removing the QoS protocol from the XP NIC's seems to do the trick. There are also a few new registry edits in the MS KB for browsing/file copying issues between XP an 2000/03.
  Posted by Frederick Davis  on Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 3:28:45 AM (EST)
Andy,

Thanks for your reply.

I too am convinced it's a MS problem. There are loads of posts on their XP Networking Support site on this topic.

It's a classic 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' scenario!

Fred
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