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Printer sharing with NetBEUI

Printer sharing with NetBEUI

(OP)
I have 2 PC's networked via Linksys BEFSR41.

One PC is running XP Professional and the other is running W2K Professional.

For security reasons I am only using TCP/IP for the Internet connection, and I have removed the binding for TCP/IP to File and Printer Sharing and also from Client for MS Networks on both PC's.

I have successfully installed installed NetBeui on both computers.

I have defined the same workgroup name on both computers, and the NetBeui protocol is bound to File and Printer Sharing and also to Client for MS Networks.

However, I cannot see the other PC in Network Places on either computer.

I am trying to share a USB printer that is on the XP machine, so I can also print from my W2K machine. I have shared the printer, but as I mentionned nothing shows up in Network Places, nor can I connect using \\workgroup\computer_name. It gives me the error "the network path cannot be found".

Is it even possible to share a printer this way?  I really don't want to use TCP/IP, since NetBEUI is supposed to be better for small networks, and also because of the security issues.

Any ideas anyone has would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Ancalagon

RE: Printer sharing with NetBEUI

You need to populate the lmhosts files on both machines with the following:

XPIP     XPNAME     #PRE
W2KIP     W2KNAME     #PRE

Where
XPIP is the XP machine's IP address
XPNAME is the XP machine's name
W2KIP is the W2K machine's IP address
W2KNAME is the W2K machine's name

Then, run nbtstat -R to refresh the remote cache name table, and you should be able to see the shares on the other machine by going to Start - Run - and typing \\NAME

RE: Printer sharing with NetBEUI

(OP)
Thank you for your reply, however, wouldn't I only populate the LMHOSTS file if I was using NetBEUI OVER TCP/IP??  My machines only have IP addresses to connect to the Internet.  TCP/IP has been unbound from File and Print Sharing and also from Client for MS Networks...

RE: Printer sharing with NetBEUI

The lmhosts file is used for netbios name resolution.

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