XP to non-networked NT server connection

Microsoft Windows nt server 4.0
December 11, 2009 at 08:18:00
Specs: nt server sp6
I need to establish a direct connection from PC XP to NT Server. Server not on a network. Tried some of your suggested methods (modem/direct cable connection), but install for RAS fails. CD drive is read only. Tape backup drive broken. Any other options?

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December 11, 2009 at 08:31:03
what do you need to get off it now? Floppy drive work? Does the network port work?

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December 14, 2009 at 05:44:24
I have to get a number of large data files off the drives. The network port is working, and the A drive is also working

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December 16, 2009 at 09:25:13
Put a cat--5 cross-over cable between the two systems. Create an account on each system for the other; allow sharing of the required folder/files - even the whole drive on this occasion... Transfer data across...

baiscs as it were...:



and also:


discusses it variously

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December 18, 2009 at 16:19:04
That's the procedure I use as often as I use a network.


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December 23, 2009 at 05:32:54
We tried the cross-over cable but were unable to make a connection. We think that the security on the server and pc are preventing this. Neither can see the other. Both are looking to DSN to resolve the names. Unfortunately, we do not have a lot of NT experience, since this is usually handled by IT. Due to short staffing, we're on our own. Thank you for your advise.

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December 24, 2009 at 09:05:26
Do you have the ability to log on to both systems at Admin level; either via the Adminstrator account itself, or as user who also has Admin privileges (is part of the Admin group)?

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December 24, 2009 at 09:09:17
Incidentally as you seem to wish establish the connection to access and transfer data - have you considered an external usb hard-drive? They cost so little and are virtually plug and go...

And you didn't orta (normally) need Admin access to do it this way (access/copy data to the usb drive)?

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December 28, 2009 at 05:12:24
I can log on to both the workstation and server as admin.

Regarding the external usb drive: the server is so old that it does not have usb ports. We are trying to find a left over drive that will connect to a serial port, but old equipment either gets "turned in" for recyling or thrown out.

This is why we are trying to connect to the server, but every attempt so far has failed. There always seems to be one thing that stops us.

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December 28, 2009 at 07:43:15

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi... (Check contnent in Posts 5 to end inclusive…)


The above video is a useful talk through (for XP-XP but valid nonethless) and may also be useful aide-actif?


is a graphical/pictorial step-by-step guide too…

Essentially you must ensure that both XP and NT systems are in the same workgroup or domain. Premuming that at present either or both systems are in a domain (and not the same one if both in a domain) then I’d go to the workgroup model for this exercise; if necessary rename the workgroup to be same on both systems. When you have dun wot is required and data transferred… restore each system to what it was before you started. (Make a careful/paper/hard-copy note of what was where before you start…).

Logging as an Administrator allows you to change any system that is on domain to be on a workgroup; and visa-versa…

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January 13, 2010 at 07:05:16
We finally made the connection using a hub and a laptop that was never configured for our main network. We were then able to copy the files to the laptop and burn them onto CDs.

My thanks to all who offered help.

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