Stop explorer forwarding on loopback address (extra reward offered)
Posted on 2005-04-10
Please note I will paypal $100 to the first person to answer this question with an acceptable solution, please include your email with your post if interested in receiving the bonus. It seems no one anywhere (even on EE) is able to answer this question, so I need to provide some incentive.
Contraints are as follows (ie, if violated, the solution is unacceptable)
1. does not require local filesharing to be disabled
2. does not require any new hardware to be installled (ie, new loopback devices)
3. does not require any software to be installed
4. can be done from the context of a batch script
5. must work on all versions of win32 (ie >= 95)
Here is my problem, for reasons that are beyond my comprehension whenever I try to enter a network address that is in the form 127* explorer "conveniently" routes me to my main network IP address. for example, if i do \\127.0.0.1\test it will take me to what is at \\mymachinename\test but it will keep in the address bar \\127.0.0.1\test. There is similar behavior with other loopback addresses except I am prompted for a password in that case. This is a serious piss off because I am running a samba tunnel at 127.0.0.1:139 and explorer does not even attempt to connect it (as I assertained from looking at my tunneling programs log files, and I know its running properly).
I want to be able to map a network drive to a samba server on a loopback address, but not have explorer be a jackass and forward everything to my main address.
Also, I will double the reward if you can solve this question. How can I mount a network drive to a port other than 139, maintaining the contraints above.
Other suggestions may be acceptable provided they meet the conditions above.
PS Please don't respond with "are you sure you haven't..." posts, I have tried everything.