I am now having a DNS issue for sure. When I ping ComputerName it tries to ping ComputerName.DNS suffix
But this suffix doesn't have any resolution on my network. The DNS servers are all external.
I have two Windows 7 PCs. They can see each other in the network list, but I can't seem to connect them beyond that.
I even tried using a Homegroup and even though the folder (library) I shared showed up, I couldn't open it. One of the printers did share properly.
I really just want password-protected sharing. This is for a multi-user quickbooks file.
I have all users on both computers with identical passwords. No DC. I'm using pFSense for routing.
I also tried adding a static line to lmhosts.sam files and setting static ips. No dice.
When I run nbtstat -n I don't see the other computer (even though it shows up in the network list).
At one point, I was getting to an actual password prompt, but I wasn't able to enter any credentials.
I'm looking for a solution that bypasses the router/dhcp/dns possibility as settings I've had success with before throw other assets on the network into chaos.