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Password use each time "workstation" starts

We've got a computer that's running windows 2k3 server and have some directories that are shared on that machine.  When anyone in the office accesses these folders that will have to enter a password.  If the person restarts their computer and then tries to access the directories again they have to re-enter the password.  Is there a way to disable this completely.  There is no need to have password protection on these directories.  You'll have to forgive my ignorance as I am not family windows 2k3 server.  Thanx everyone.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you have a domain, then there is no password issues - when you log on, you log on to the domain and are authenticated.

IF you are in a workgroup, you have to deal with inefficiencies like this.  

You MIGHT be able to get around this by creating local accounts on the server that match the same user name and password on the user's local workstation.

Otherwise, make yourself a domain - you have a server already.
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MazaraatCommented:
It sounds like your not running active directory, which is ok in small offices.  You need to make sure the users that are trying to access the folders have users accounts ON the server with the NAME ***AND*** PASSWORD the exact same.
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MazaraatCommented:
ack wasn't finished...

Then ON the server add the users to the security for those folders.
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centrepcCommented:
If any of these computers have internet access then your statement of not needing passwords is not correct.  Blank or no passwords on a network is the easiest way for viruses, trojans and worms to get on your network.  The fact that you have a network is reason enough to require passwords.  

Like leew has stated the only way to keep from asking for password each time you access a directory is to make sure you have the same user accounts on the server with the same passwords as the local users on each workstation.

After logging into the workstation you will pass-through authenticate to the server if the same account information already exists.  

Even in very  small networks a domain controller is still very useful and will keep you from having to duplicate settings on all workstations and the server.  

I hope you are backing up your data if you have no security on your network.  

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MazaraatCommented:
oops sorry fro stepping on ya leew, fast typer =)
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bower515Author Commented:
I'm going to go ahead and setup active directory and all of the other goodies that go along with it.  A couple of machines we have here (bought before I started) have windows xp home.  Is this going to cause any issues?
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centrepcCommented:
XP Home will not be able to join a domain.  You will still have to setup users on both the workstation and the server.  I would upgrade from XP Home to XP PRO and continue with setting up the AD.  
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Yes and no.  The XP home machines cannot join an Active Directory - but you can continue to access the server by providing the user name and password as you have been all along (though it will likely be new user name and password).  You can buy Upgrades to XP Pro - cost roughly $200.

And of course, the XP Home systems won't be manageable under Active Directory.
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