As per your scenario, your environment looking like Workgroup not a domain environment.
By default 2000 server and XP mechines will be in workgroup model.
Have you installed Active Directory in Windows 2000 server? … not then it will be workgroup model.
If it is a workgroup model,
- Ensure that all the 3 machines ( 2000 server, PC ‘A’ and PC ‘B’ ) are communicating with each other by using PING command.
- Ensure that all the 3 machines are in same workgroup.
- Ensure that u have created both “abc” and “xyz” users in all the 3 machines.
But this setup won’t give much security. If you need more security, I will prefer you to go with Domain Environment. Which will give u the centralised user database and security. So that you can create user accounts in the server itself. no need to create in client machines.
If you have any concerns let us know..
Thanks & Regards,