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PDC 2008

26. October 2008 12:46 by Rick Glos in

PDC 2008

I’m sitting in the PDX airport just about to head down to Los Angeles, California for a conference and enjoying the free wi-fi. 

I’m not really looking forward to going to LA.  I’ve only been there once many years ago on business for a few days; fly in and fly out.  I’ve heard the downtown area is a ghost town and the city is setup for car travel above all else.

The PDC, Professional Developers Conference, only happens once every few years.  The last one occured in 2005.  I wasn’t sure I was even going to get to go this year since changing jobs but my new employer really values my development experience as much as my database experience and even though we are primarily a Business Intellegence firm, I mostly do customized software development.

It’s going to be four days of being a nerd with many other nerds.  Microsoft is hosting the show.  It should be a good time.  On Tuesday night there is a party at Universal Studios for us.  They’ve rented out the place and there is to be all sorts of rides and Halloween goodness.  Should be fun.

Sharing Windows XP folder to Vista

13. October 2008 16:29 by Rick Glos in


We just got some new laptops in at the office.  I’m now going to be running Vista 64 bit with 8 GB of RAM.  I need to move my files over from my old laptop to my new laptop.

I have some nice external drives hooked up to my home pc.  Since my home pc, my old work laptop and my new work laptop are all on the home network I figured I would just transfer the files using the external drives hooked up to my home pc.

Suddenly today I could no longer connect to the shared folders on my XP box.  Windows Vista on both the old and new laptop kept giving me errors:

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It was working a few days ago.  In fact if I use my wife's PC, which is windows XP, everything works fine.

So I did some searching, found the solution and figured I put it here in case someone else runs into this.


Apparently XP uses an older mechanism to communicate than Vista.  So we need to make sure Vista will ‘allow’ itself to communicate via this old mechanism if appropriate.

We need to crack open the local security policy in Vista – type ‘local’ into your vista start bar to find it and launch it:

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Once you are in the local security policy window, drill into Local Policies, click on Security Options and then find ‘Network security: LAN Manager authentication level’ in the policy list:

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Notice how mine was set to ‘Send NTLMv2 response only’.  Well I guess XP uses old NTLM and we need Vista to communicate that way if necessary.  So switch the setting to ‘Send LM & NTLM – use NTLMv2 session security if negotiated’ and click ok.

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I have a suspicion that this was working until I went into the office Friday and hooked up to the work domain and a new, stricter policy was forced down upon me.

Anyway – just in case it happens to you.  There you have it.  Now I can copy gigs of data to the external drive and move em to the new laptop.