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Permissions Problem w/Shares

I have a Windows 2003 Server that is part of a domain. I want to create a share on that server which is accessible to people not on the domain. We often have guests in the building that need quick access to a place to store some files, without having to track down an employee and begging their username or password out of them.

On the share I set the Share Permissions for Everyone to Full Control, and on the Security Tab I also set it to Everyone with Full Control.

When I go to a machine that's on the network but not a member of the domain, and try to connect to \\server\share, it still asks me for a username and password.

Any idea of what I'm doing wrong?
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decker12
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mikeleebrlaCommented:
i think you are misunderstaning what the everyone group is.  Basically despite its name it does NOT include everyone.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278259

you are asking if the everyone group includes anonymous users which the article above clearly says it does not.

i would suggest you just create a guest account and have your guests use that account since you dont seem too concerned about security.

that way when guests to your site need to store documents to the share you created and they get prompted for a username and password they can just enter domainNETBIOSname\guestaccountname and the password and they will be in.

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mikeleebrlaCommented:
or you could try using the 'anonymous logon' group when assigning sharing and NTFS permissions.  I have never used it before so i can't comment on if it willl work or not,,,,, but i do know the guestuser account will work fine.

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decker12Author Commented:
I gave "ANONYMOUS LOGON" group full permissions on the share and sadly, it still asked me for a username and password.

When I go into my AD users and groups, and re-enable the "guest" account, it lets me in without a username and password. Problem is, Guests is a member of Doman Users by default, which basically gives them access to whatever Domain Users have.

What I don't understand is this "Guest" user account. Obviously it's special for some reason, is it the default username that Windows tries to login with when no other credentials are asked for and I try to connect to a share?

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mikeleebrlaCommented:
no, do not use that built in guest account, create a new one from scratch.
yes the guest account is a member of the domian users group, which is why you should NEVER assign NTFS permissions to the domain users group.  It's easy yes, but as you can see it is never good to give blanket access like that.

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decker12Author Commented:
Thanks for the info. I created a new guest-type of account and will just input the username and password for it every time.
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