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Windows 2000 doesn't remember network passwords.

Posted on 2001-09-10
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Hello,

When I add a network place under "My network places" in Windows 2000 Server and tell it a user and password to use for that place, it will work fine until reboot the computer.  After rebooting.... walla, Windows asks you for the password again when you try to access the resource.

When I map a network drive and tell Windows 2000 Server to use a different user and password when connecting to this network drive (other than the one I used to log into the operating system...), again, I can access this drive just fine without the os asking me for a user and password.  When I reboot my pc, walla, the os asks me for a user and password to connect to this network.

These problems are occuring on a freshly installed version of Windows 2000 Server.  I am logging in as Administrator.

As you can imagine, this is quite annoying!!!

Can anyone offer an explanation and solution??

Thanks in advance.
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by:Nenadic
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Windows 2000 (as NT before it) uses Access Tokens to check security access. What that means is that every process you start has a certain security defined for your user account.

If you want to access a resource by using different privileges - this is only possible if there are no conflicts between your account and the one you are trying to use - that is, you cannot have a connection to the same resource with two different levels of access.

That is why a reconnection with a different account doesn't work.
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by:russf
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Nenadic,

A couple of the connections that I am trying to maintain are on Win98 boxes.  With me logging into the 2000 machine as Admin each time, shouldn't I have no problem with the 2000 machine sending the PW to each of these machines??  I also set up the PW needed to get into each of these 98 boxes, so I know they are correct.  The third connection I am having problems with is a drive on a Netware Network.

If I follow you correctly, do I have to log into each of these connections with exactly the same user and PW I use for the Admin account in Win 2K ??
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I'll give you a couple of scenarios, you can tell me which one is right for you.

1. If all computers (Windows 2000 Server, Windows 9x) are in the same domain, then logging onto any one of them with the DOMAIN administrative account should allow you access to all shares on all computers.

2. If computers are in a workgroup environment - meaning - they each have their own security environments, then you have to have an account on each of them with same username and same password. That way, computers will be tricking each other into believing they are using local accounts even though your connection is through the network.

3. If Windows 9x relies on share permissions, you will have problems accessing shares.
In this case - have Windows 9x obtain security information from the Windows 2000 domain.

I hope one of these is your exact situation - if not, please specify.
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by:russf
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Door #2 is my situation exactly.

I am a smarter person than I was yesterday.....

Thanx much for your assistance.

russf
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It's a pleasure. Glad to have helped.
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