Windows 2000 File Sharing and Anonymous Authentication
Posted on 2003-03-03
I have a workstation that is not part of a domain that is sharing a directory. My goal is to have this folder shared anonymously so that anyone can map / browse it and they would not be prompted to sign in. I have created a directory on the host computer and assigned full control share permissions for the everyone group and the guest user.
The NTFS directory for this folder has full control for the everyone group, the guest group, Sysmtem , and Administrators.
All workstations involved are members of a workgroup and not a domain.
The problem I have is that most computers here can see the shared drive without being prompted to sign in. I have an XP SP1 computer and a Windows 2000 SP2 computer that can view and modify the contents of the shared folder perfectly.
There is one computer, however, that is unable to access the shared drive without getting prompted to sign in. When it prompts me to sign in, I enter an ID of Guest and it works fine. This workstation has Windows 2000 SP2.
What could be configured differently on the workstation that is prompting me to sign in? Why are some computers able to access the drive without a prompt and some are not?
Really, I need to know how to make the one computer stopping prompting me to sign in and use the guest access by default.