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Mapping the drive from Win98 to Windows XP Professional

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Hi guys,

I use a script to connect from Windows 2000 Pro. to Windows XP Pro. After connecting the shared drive on Windows 2000 Pro. is mapped to Windows XP Pro. It works just great.

When I execute it from Windows 98 system I get bunch of errors about net use command not being used properly and to search for help in the command prompt.

This is the script line that I'm having trouble with. Please rewrite it so that it allows me to connect from Windows 98 to Windows 2000 Pro. and map the shared drive.

net use Q: \\100.100.100.2\shareddrive password /USER:100.100.100.2\userID Win98

BTW, the systems are setup so that both Windows 98 and Windows 2000 Pro. have the same user profile/ID setup on each system and same password on both.

Thank you for help.

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Lee W, MVP earned 2000 total points
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98 networking is not nearly as advanced as NT4/2000/XP.  the net use command has no idea what you're talking about concerning the password and /user: part.  You MUST log in to the 98 machine with a matching user account then use the net use command WITHOUT the password and user part.  You can ONLY connect as the logged in user, you cannot specify another.  For example:

net use Q: \\100.100.100.2\shareddrive
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by:dedomuran
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Thank you very much.

And for this to work Client for MS Networks has to be installed and Primary Network Logon should be set to MS Client for MS Networks ?

I've had this problem yesterday with connecting and mapping using the script so I decided to manually map the drive and it wouldn't work until I installed Client for MS Networks and swapped from Novell Network as primary network logon to Client for MS Networks.

Please confirm.

Thanks,

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If you're not using a Novell Network, why would you even have Novell Clients installed?  Primary network logon shouldn't matter if I recall correctly as the logon information is just the username and password entered when logging on to the system.
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by:dedomuran
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I am using Novell network. Actually that is the main file and print sharing setup.

I use crossover to connect from Win98 to Win XP and I have scripts which change IP's to manual. The reason I'm doing this is I'm working on a PC's deployment project and I'm using migration tool which builds a profile on legacy (old system) and then dumps this profile as an exe file to new system. So when executed all the files that were saved under My Documents as well as email on Eudora or Outlook are transferred over. No interraction and setup needed as long as everything goes ok of course.

So we figured, use static IP's, crossover and then legacy system will dump its profile data to new system, execute and it goes fast but I couldn't map the drive using Win 98 and had to do it manually. I could ping the system but until I installed Client for MS Networks and flipped from Novell to Client for MS Networks as primary logon it wouldn't work. After that my migration tool kicked in and worked good.

If you could please confirm if this last part matters. If not that's ok, I'll accept your answer and test it in the morning.

Regards,

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I've not used 98 for quite some time and am going on memory.  Wait until morning then test it.  If it works, accept my answer, if it doesn't post and I or someone else can try to further assist you.
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Got it. Thank you. I'll post my results as soon as I come across another Win98 machine. God, I hate them :)
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