Win 2k3 r1 to Win 7 networking one way only


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I have a basic networking problem that I don’t really understand as I don’t know much about win 7.
I have recently re-built a win2k3 R1 server and can’t connect to a win7 ultimate desktop anymore when I could previously. I can connect from win 7 to the server and see shared directories but not the other way round. On the server I can see the win 7 machine but not connect to it. I can ping in either direction. I have also tried it with both firewalls de-activated.

The error I get on the sever when I try to connect is “Logon Failure: account currently disabled”
Presumably this is on the win 7 machine as it previously had an account set up. Where / How do I add (or edit the existing) account

Any help or links to tutorials welcome

Hi there,
Are both computers hooked up to the same workgroup?
I think you are seeing a problem similar to the problem some have with networking between XP and win 7 Machines.
If you dont know how to setup a workgroup, check this link out. It almost the same procedure on all versions of windows. :)
Join or create a workgroup
Please let me know if it works :)


Noob Whisperer
Hello and welcome to the forums.
Make sure that when you are attempting to access the Win7 machine from the W2k3 machine that you include the Win7 machine name then a backslash then a known good username on the Win7 machine followed with that user's password into the credentials prompt. Like;

Thanks for the help - problem now solved

I checked the work group and that was ok so looked at the users on win 7 and the stored passwords on win2k3. Trouble’s solution above sorted it out - If anyone else has this problem this is what I did:
1/ On the win 7 box I added a new user with the permissions I wanted – checked it by logging in as that user
2/ On the win2k3 box I then added a stored password:
Server : Any name for the box your trying to connect to
User Name: Windows7MachineName\UserNameOnWindows7Machine
Password: PasswordForThatUserOnTheWindows7Machine

Confusion came in trying to add the Windows7machine name into the “Server “box and not as part of the user name.

Thanks for the help - I think I would have gone slowly nuts with out it

Thanks for the feedback :)

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