files sharing SOLVED

Gary Kirkpatrick pegngary at
Mon Apr 6 17:06:47 UTC 2009

On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 9:02 AM, Mark Haney <mhaney at> wrote:

> Linda wrote:
> >> I've finally unraveled the mystery.  Having already transfered files
> >> between the xp/ubuntu and vista/ubuntu machine, whereupon I upgraded
> >> the former to Intrepid, I assumed the problem was with Intrepid; shame
> >> on me, it turned out.
> >>
> >> I finally decided to check if I could transfer files using XP and
> >> Vista.  The XP machine could not see the Vista machine, while the
> >> Vista could see the XP but not open any folders/transfer to/from the
> >> XP.  I checked and somehow the two machines did not share a workgroup
> >> name anymore, and changed that.  Still nothing.  Then I checked to see
> >> what else vista needed and it needed the network to be set to private
> >> vs. public.  Somehow that had been changed as well.   Now I can
> >> transfer files between both machines using either operating system.
> >> And here I was blaming Ubuntu when it was innocent all along.
> >>
> >> However, Intrepid can not see the Vista machine when Firestarter is
> >> enabled.  On to the next mystery!
> >>
> > Vista is a real pain for networking. I have found that it is easier to
> > get it to connect to samba shares when you enter the ip address instead
> > of the machine name. Also a heads up on vista and mounted shares. If you
> > log onto a samba share with vista and it is inactive for a while Vista
> > will disconnect and the only way to reconnect to the share is to reboot
> > the computer. Looking on line for a solution Vistas problem staying
> > connected to network drives seems to be universal for all versions of
> > Vista and it doesn't matter who it is sharing with. I finally solved
> > this by installing network drive manager from Suncross which keeps the
> > connections active.  There is a reason businesses are not putting Vista
> > machines on their networks. It is a huge headache!
> >                      Linda
> >
> You don't need to reboot the system, you'll just need to disconnect the
> mapped drive from the command line.  'net use <drive>: /delete' I
> believe is the command.
> What happens is Vista (and XP) will timeout the connection, but it won't
> kill the drive mapping OR the device specification.  You'll need to do
> that manually.  This is a problem I've dealt with for years. And unless
> Vista is THAT different from XP that command should work.  Also research
> the 'net share' command as well.  A reboot is not always necessary for
> this.
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By adding the ip address of the vista computer to the 'inbound traffic
policy"/allow connections from host (then the ip address), I can now open
the vista machine from the ubuntu machine and vice verse.  Tonight I'll try
to transfer a large number of files and I'll see if I have any problems such
as those mentioned above.
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