Cached Credentials on a Workgroup PC

Posted on 2008-06-26
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Last Modified: 2010-08-05
We have several XP Pro PC's which are not domained, however do have network connections.

Users logon locally to each machine and then connect to shares via a UNC. They are then prompted to enter there domain logon credentials to access the network resources.

I have an issue whereby a user has accessed a UNC share after authenticating with their credentials, however these details have been cached. Subsequently other users can open the UNC without having to authenticate which is something I do not want.

Firstly, where are these cached credentials stored and is there a way to delete them. Secondly how do I ensure that user's are asked to authenticate to network resources each time they log onto the machines.

We are working in a windows 2000 domain

Question by:PeterHing
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Unless users are all logging on with the same user account these credentails should not be available to other users. To clear them go to
Control Panel->User Accounts. Select the account, select advanced, select manage network passwords and clear the list.

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Thanks KCTS. All users are logging on with the same local account and then connect to various network shares

The above procedure did clear the list, I assume the particular user must have selected the option to save their password.

Is there a way to either automatically clear the list when users log off from the machine or prevent users from having the option to save their passwords when connecting to a UNC

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Not sure if this will do it or not - worth a go http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=229940

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