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Windows 2003 Server Network Share(easy)

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Ok an easy one.

I have a Windows Server 2003 installed.
It is NOT setup as a domain controller, just the base install with no roles added.
It has a number of shared folders.

I do NOT want my clients to have to type in a user name and password when they browse to the server through the network neighborhood.

I want to map network drives to each of the clients, but i don't want to have to make the client type in administrator and password upon startup on all their machines (all windows XP & 2000 machines)

How can i remove this quickly and easily?

thanks
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Question by:RainerK2
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The best solutions would be to make this machine a domain controller; however, I see that you do not want to do that.

So, you will have to relax the security of your Windows server.

1) make sure that you clients and the server belong to the same WORKGROUP.  Just make sure that the workgroup name is identical on all clients and servers on your network.

2) Go to the server and create local user accounts.  Create a user account for each user on your network. (bob, fran, sara, etc)  These users can be just normal users, you do not need to place these users in the administrators group.

3) on the server, find the share(s) that you want to give access for the clients to.  Right click on the folder and select Properties.  Click the security tab and make sure that you give the appropriate access to each user.  Add FRAN, BOB, SARA, etc (Note: or create a group and place all of the users into this group, then give access to the group instead of individual users) and give these users CHANGE rights.  Now click the SHARE tab and give everyone FULL CONTROL on the share.

4) logon to a client workstation as a user (FRAN, BOB, SARA, etc).  MAP a drive to the server.

Make  sure that you enter the correct username and password and also check of RECONNECT AT LOGON.

Thank you,

Joe Poandl MCSE
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