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How do I allow totally free access to server shares?

Posted on 2003-02-20
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Last Modified: 2010-04-13
We had an XP pro 'server' in a wworkgroup that had several shared folders on an NTFS drive.  Anyone in the office could log in and access them / delete them / add / etc...  

Now we upgraded that machine to 2000 Server because we are over the 10 user limit on Pro.  It is still a workgroup.  But now I share those folders and when someone tries to connect to the share, it wants a user name and password.   How can I avoid having to enter all the user names / passwords in the server - allow anyone to connect?  I tried adding anonymous logon in the security tab with full rights, but that still doesn't seem to work.  Please skip the warnings about how open this would make the machine.  I know and my boss wants it that way.

Question by:spacecadet1234
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I enabled the guest account. Thanks!


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oliverc earned 220 total points
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There are a couple of things you need to check:
Share permission and Security (for folders and files)
1> Make sure that Everyone account has Full Control and both Share and Permisson tabs.
2> Make sure the Guest account (vs. Anonymous) is not disabled and included in the permission and security.
3> Make sure to prewarn your boss that troubles are on the way so your ass is coverd ;-)

That will mean your server is wide open to everybody who is curious enough to take a peek. Does your server have a routable IP address?

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Sorry, I answered this myself - just enable the guest account. How do I give myself the points?!

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