2K & XP Authentication to Shared Drives & Management (WMI)

Posted on 2004-04-18
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
Hello All,

I would imagine that this would be a simple question, but hey.  Anyway, when connecting across a network to another computer's resources (Windows 2K, XP), if you are not previously authenticated with a username and password.  You then submit credentials that are either domain or locally authorized and then access is granted.  How do I connect as a different user with different permissions once I am connected?  This also raises the thought that when Managing another computer, I cannot typically connect or manage it until I access it via Network Places and submit credentials there.  Occasionally, when I am attempting to Manage another computer via the MMC, it asks for credentials.  I am confused about when and where I can submit as well as change my credentials when connecting.  This applies to stand-alone and domain situations.  Purely Active Directory authentication.

Thanks for your time.  If any clarification is required please let me know.
Question by:jennifer_borman
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Expert Comment

ID: 10855891
First windows networking always requires a login and password (although the password can be blank).   If you don't enter a login before you reach the desktop then you'll need to configure windows to require a login.   You can do that by entering the control panel and double clicking on the Users icon.

Second, You can't connect to a 2k or XP machine using two different profiles simultaneously from a single host.  If you try it'll fail to connect indicating that you're already connected using different authentication parameters.  In that situation you'd need to close all connections to that machine prior to specifying any new parameters.

If you want to be absolutely sure who you're authenticating as then I'd suggest you put a batch file in your startup procedure with some "net use" commands in it.  Net Use includes extensions allowing you to specify a username, password and the domain exactly, for example:

net use p: \\remote_computer\shared_folder /user:my_domain\my_username my_password

Note:  p: can of course be any drive letter you want that's not already in use.
Note2: all the words with underscores in them will need to be adjusted to your situation but the "/user:"  should be entered verbatim.  If you're not using active directory you can still connect to a remote machine by specifying the remote machines name in the place of "my_domain", just be sure in that case to replace "my_username" and "my_password" with a user name and password that exists on that machine.  

For more info on this enter the command prompt and enter "net use /?" without the quotes of course.

Good Luck,


Accepted Solution

pjimerson earned 125 total points
ID: 10855915
One other thing,  
If you're running Active directory, then all you need to do is login as a domain administrator in order to manage every machine on the domain.  This is because when you add machines to the domain the domain administrators group gets added to the local administrators group on every machine.  If you're still receiving login prompts then what you ought to do is check any and all network drives on the machine you're using.  Make sure you didn't map those drives BEFORE you made the domain because if you did then they'd still be connecting to the remote machine using the pre-domain authentication parameters.

Good Luck,


Author Comment

ID: 10873492
How do you close those connections and re-submit new credentials?

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