troubleshooting Question

"net use" returns 'invalid username or password'

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I have a very simple peer-to-peer network set up.  One Windows XP Professional for a file server, two Windows XP home workstations and one Windows 98 workstation.

An account was created on the XP Pro server with matching username/password for each workstation so the authentication credentials at the workstations were passed to the XP Pro server.

Two folders on the server are shared and security was set to ALL with full control.  Drives were mapped on all the workstations to the two folders and everything work fine for weeks.

Yesterday, the XP Home workstaions stopped connecting to the XP Pro server.  If you co to a command window and use net use z: \\greatserver\accounting , the message returned is 'invalid username or password'.  If I type the very same username and password that I used to log on to the local workstation, then the map works.

There is not doubt that the username and password used to log on to the XP home workstations matched the user accounts and passwords of the XP Pro computer.  This just stopped working out of the blue.  The customer had used an NTI Backup program to back up the data to a CD-RW, otherwaise, there have been no changes.  Any ideas on this one?

I tried creating a batch file as follows but it hangs asking for the correct password for \\greatserver

net use z: /d
net use z: \\greatserver\accounting

Thanks.
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