Each machine has a single ethernet NIC, and they are connected with an Ethernet Crossover cable. I've read much on the subject of establishing this connection - mostly saying how easy it is, and providing highly varied descriptions of how to configure the machines. I also read a fair amount of network overview information, but my knowledge is not coming together in any meaningful way. I've developed little understanding of the issues and methods of establishing this connection, and made no progress.
One thing about which nothing is said, except at MS, is the need to establish second IP Addresses and IP Masks on each NIC. The NT machine won't accept the MS's example IP Address and the IP MAsk is a complete mistery to me. I inspected the register values associated with IPAddress and IPMask, Googled the terms, and determined I have no chance without aid of figuring out how to establish a peer-to-peer ethernet connection between these 2 machines. I've come here seeking help.
Unfortunately, directions that simply outline the steps to be taken, but don't describe how to perform the steps nor the values to enter, or describe how to determine the necessary values, are beyond my abilities.
All thoughts, links to instructions, or direct how-to's are greatly appreciated. Getting this done is my primary goal/focus, and it's getting to the point of some urgency, but I hope I learn enough in the process to be able to show some intelligent understanding of networks and be more self-sufficient and able to narrow in on specific issues.