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    cdavis82 Guest

    Vista in Domain and Workgroup environment

    I've got a Vista laptop that normally resides within my company domain. I
    take it home periodically and I'm trying to print to my home computer. The
    laptop is Vista Ultimate and the home PC is Vista Home Premium. For some
    reason I can't see the home computer from the laptop. I also can't ping the
    home PC, but I can connect to the Internet. The laptop is on a WAN
    connection. If I click on the full map view in Network and Sharing center
    the laptop can see the home computer there.

    I assume this has to do with the laptop not being in the same workgroup as
    the home computer, but I'm unsure on how to work around that.


  2. #2
    Mick Murphy Guest

    RE: Vista in Domain and Workgroup environment

    You have to set up the Network 1st as per below info.

    Then in Laptop vista'a Network and Sharing>Add Network Device>Browse to
    Desktop printer>install making sure you have a Printer driver that is vista
    compatible installed in the laptop as well as in the Desktop computer.

    Have a read of the above link re Vista File and Printer Sharing.

    Permissions/Share info is there as well.

    If using Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro I.S., make sure file and printer
    sharing is enabled in THEIR firewall (or LAN allowed, depending on how their
    Exceptions are worded in their Firewall)

    1st thing to do is make sure that the Workgroup Name of ALL the computers is
    the SAME.

    In Vista Network and Sharing:

    Network Discovery: ON (So it can see the other computers)

    Network set to Private (Public is for hotspots, airports, etc)

    File Sharing: ON

    Public Folder Sharing: ON (Vista‚€™s Public Folder is the same as XP‚€™s Shared

    Password Protected: OFF (unless you want to set up identical usernames and
    passwords (passwords can be different) on ALL computers in your Network) If
    you have it ON, you will be asked for a username and password when you try to
    access a Vista computer from an XP computer, or a Vista computer.

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    Kerry Brown Guest

    Re: Vista in Domain and Workgroup environment

    If you do this the laptop will be disjoined from the work domain. Depending
    on how the computer was setup you may not be able to login at all if you
    disjoin it from the work domain.

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    Kerry Brown Guest

    Re: Vista in Domain and Workgroup environment

    I suspect the firewall on one of the computers is causing a problem. Can you
    ping the home PC by it's IP address? In the Network and Sharing Center is
    the network Public, Private, or Domain?

    Do not change the workgroup on the laptop. This will disjoin it from your
    work domain. You may be unable to login and thus lose all access to the
    laptop until it is rejoined to the domain.

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    Ian Samson Guest

    Re: Vista in Domain and Workgroup environment

    Hi Kerry, perhaps you could answer a vexing networking issue for me. While I
    started on Banyan VINES and regressed to Novell NetWare, I have never
    understood Microsoft Networking. We have two Vista Business 32 laptops on a
    WLAN. Our desktops are XP Home and Windows 2000 SP4. While I can see the
    other Vista laptop, I cannot see the XP Home nor W2K desktop. We're
    connected via a ZyXel Router. We are all in the same workgroup "HOME" and
    can all see the internet, but not each other. No firewall issues here that I
    know about. I will try to PING the other machines when they are on - off now
    due to time (22:05 local). So, I have no idea why Microsoft Networking is
    SOOOO difficult. The help files are singularly unhelpful as is anything I
    have tried to search on on the MSFT website.

    Can you please throw some light on this vexing issue??

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