Network Resources - Without Domain Accounts

Posted on 2009-12-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
We have a few Win XP Pro pcs that are not on our domain and we would like the users in the lab to be able to save files to shares on our network managed by active directory accounts.  Also two of the pcs have the same name on windows "title bar" for credentials but a different name before the user name.  It shows "connect to" "samename" but in the user box   DIFFERENT_PC_NAME\Guest.  My main question is how can I give these local pc accounts access to shares on our domain without joining the pcs.  They do not need to be differnt user names, it is just test result data.  (Now they collect it with a thunb drive.) The way they save the data is a browse feature from the software. (So I dont think they want to reverse map - test staff  to pc drive). These pcs have a high amount of configuration for the current user and I do not want to set that up on a domain account. (local .bat?) - Thanks
Question by:PostQ
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    As lone as the machines are on the same network as the shares and the user name they are using has permissions to the share there will be no problem. All you need to do is open a Run dialog and type in \\servername\sharename. When you do this it will bring up an authentication challenge and they will need to type in network credientals domainname\username and the password and they will be granted access
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    We were looking for more of a "mapping".  another issue is the testing interface takes the entire screen so the user can not get to the Windows desktop.  To make it more interesting there is no "\" key on the on screen keyboard only a "/" key.  So they can not enter DOMAIN\user when prompted.

    So the only control the user has it to browse to save test data.  

    We were considering net use to a share and authenticate with a domain user in a batch. ????
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    You could use a batch file to map a network drive.

    net use z: \\server\share

    Where Z is a drive letter and \\server\share is the path to the shared file.

    The reason your gettting the message DIFFERENT_PC_NAME\Guest is because simple file sharing is enable on the remote computer, to turn off simple file sharing please see link:

    I hope this helps


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