Cannot See Server Files

Posted on 2008-10-03
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
I am running Windows XP service Pack 3 using AVG as virus scanner and windows firewall.. I added a VPN connection to access my server but when I try to go to start run and type in my server name \\xx-xxx I get an error message saying that Login cannot connect with blank user name and password... I have never had this happen, usually it pops open a Connect To box and I type in my Domain\admin and then password and then I can see the server and files that are being shared.. What is with this problem?? I can even join the computer to the domain and there are previous drives that are mapped on the pc already that will open that connect to box when I VPN but cannot search my server for any other ones.... PLEASE HELP!!!!! Thanks
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lnkevin earned 20 total points
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Where is your PC connected to? Home? Office LAN?
Here is what you should try on the server:
go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools (Under System and Maintenance in Windows Vista) -> Local Security Policy.
Then, expand Security Policies -> Local Securities -> Security Options. Locate Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only policy, and set its value to Disabled

Keep in mind that GPO overwrite local policy so if you have GPO setup to Enable this option, you will see this option grayed out. To change on GPO you need to have Domain Admin account and use Group Policy Editor to do so.


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ID: 22637884
PC is connected to a Home LAN and other PC's in that Home LAN have no issues
Well why would I need to do that on the server when nobody else has a problem? If I get a brand new laptop and take it to anywhere I can get a internet connection and then start my cisco VPN I can access my server... This is only happening to one computer... Why would it do that... Like I said above nobody else has this issue...
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ID: 22650972
If it happens to your computer only, then the rule is not set on the server so do that procedure on your computer Local Policy.

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X_Help earned 0 total points
ID: 22670737
Actually it was because the Local PC that was VPN'ing to my network was an Administrator, there were no Users on it.  so as soon as I created a User on the local PC and then gave that User Admin previdlges on that Local PC and then used the VPN, I could browse my network shared drives...
Thanks though for your help... But I solved my problem....
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ID: 22671003
usually it pops open a Connect To box and I type in my Domain\admin and then password ....

Did you say by setting a local administrator, you now get a popup to ask for login name? Does not sound right to me.


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No the Local PC had no Users except Administrator, so when you logged on the Local PC you just typed in Administrator and it opened up to your desktop just like a home PC would... So I went to Users and Groups and added her as a User instead of just typing in Administrator, and gave that user local admin previdlges and then used the VPN I was able to browse the network shared drives.. I am guessing that when you VPN in as a User apart of the Active Driectory but  the actual Administrator user of the Local PC it wouldn't let you see the shared drives, it wouldn't open a Connect To Box where I could type in my Domain\Admin, but as soon as I added her as a Local User with admin rights and used VPN... BAM it popped open that connect to box..... Weird I know, never had that issue before... Maybe there was a local gpedit.msc in the admin user that prevented that connect to box from opening.... Not sure...

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