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how to pass username password to access a shared file on another computer

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I have two Windows 2000 servers, one of them has a folder shared. From the second machine, I need to run a program as service that will read/write to the shared folder on the first machine. The passwords for the "administrator" user on both the machines are NOT same.

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Reddy
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by:bkfirebird
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map the shared folder to a drive letter and read/write as normal.
if you want to map the drive from code, look at www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/ Visual_Basic/Q_20860580.html
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by:chennarh
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I tried that, it works good if I run the program from desktop. But when run it as a service, it fails.
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by:Cayce
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Why don't you use UNC paths?

You'll have to make both the shares available to whatever user the service runs as.

For instance.

\\MACHINE1\SHARE1 should allow Service1 account to Read/Write/Whatever

\\MACHINE1\SHARE2 should allow Service1account to Read/Write/Whatever

Both accounts should have the same password and the service shall be started with that username/password combo.

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jkr earned 250 total points
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You need a session with valid credentials on that ther machine - use

NETRESOURCE nr;
ZeroMemory (&nr, sizeof (NETRESOURCE));
nr.dwType = RESOURCETYPE_DISK;
nr.lpLocalName = 0;
nr.lpRemoteName = "\\\\server\\path_on_server";

WNetAddConnection2(&nr, "password", "username", 0);

to establish one.
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by:ico2
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the easiest way is this:
system("net use x: \\\\othermachine\\sharename\\ password");
then read/write from x: to view files on the other machine.
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by:ico2
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note the password is the administrator pword from the other machine.
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by:jkr
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>>system("net use x: \\\\othermachine\\sharename\\ password");

Why pop open a dos box if there is an API?
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by:chennarh
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Thanks jkr, that is the API i am looking for. I will try it tonight and post the result.
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by:chennarh
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Any idea of such APi in Java?
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by:jkr
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Hum I don't know Java well, but I am sure that it is named the same there...
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