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Mapping Network Drives Across Domains

Posted on 2008-10-14
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I need to write a script or cmd that will map a network drive from one domain to another in the same forest. Here is the scenario:

They have one userid and domain they log on to on a daily basis, computer is in that domain.
userid #1:  abcd1    domain:  abcd1
They need to get to a server share on another domain with a different user id and password.  
userid #2:  wxyz1  domain:  wxyz1
It maps just fine and their access has been set up, I just need a script that will log them on to this every day, as they are not logging into the computer with userid #2.  
I have used: "net use w: \\server ip address\share" which does map the drive, but I need it to ask them userid and password to authenticate with the correct user id.

So sorry if confusing.
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by:idez_rsp
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This may not be the answer you're looking for, but...  Your easiest solution is to use the same user/pass on both domains.  It eliminates a lot of confusion for the end users and also the need to reauthenticate.
Optionally you can establish a trust relationship with the other domain so that you can use the existing user credentials to access the share.
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by:scadoosh
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Yes, that would be easiest, but do you know that some companies and people just don't want to do what is easy?
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I understand exactly what you mean.  I've had to argue with users to use passwords at all.
Have you tried
NET USE X: \\SERVER\SHARE /USER:DOMAIN\USERNAME [password or * for prompt]
You can add it to the normal logon script.  To be a bit more secure though I would recomend using the * to prompt for password.  Rather than have it listed in plain text in the logon script in the NETLOGON share that everyone can see.
Optionally make a batch/cmd file that is in the users home directory and call it from the logon script.
logon.cmd  (last line)
call \\server\users\%username%\connect.cmd
 
connect.cmd
net use w: \\server ip address\share /u:wxyz1\wxyz1 password
If you pput the script in the users home folder only they (and admins) will have access and the attachment can be seemless.

 
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by:scadoosh
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Thank you so much, it works like a charm!!  
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by:scadoosh
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This should work for multiple users logging on to the same server, as long as the .cmd is edited for their user id, right?
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by:idez_rsp
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Correct.  The only reason I suggest using the home directory is that scripts appear in clear text for anyone to see.

if you want to get fancy you can do an

if exist \\server\users\%USERNAME%\connect.cmd call \\server\users\%USERNAME%\connect.cmd

This would eliminate the line if the connect.cmd file doesn't exist in the users home directory.

This also assumes the user HAS a home directory set under the users profile settings and that you have the users folder shared as users..  
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