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Windows Vista HP and network drives

I have a client who has a Seagate NAS 110 Drive installed on their local area network.  They have a workgroup called MSHOME.
They have 2 Windows XP laptops which connect to the network drive fine.  We connected it first time with the username and password and ticked the connect automatically at startup box.

They also have a Windows Vista HP laptop which does not connect to it at each start-up.

I mapped the drive fine as usual and ticked the box, however at next start-up  the mapped drive come up with a cross.  When I double click to open it it comes up with the suername and password box, once I enter the details it connects.

But it will not save the details to connect automatically at furute start-ups.

I have deleted the mapped drive a number of times and re-created it but still it has the same issue.

i am presuming the NAS drive is set up right as the other two laptops do not have this issue.

Can anyone advise a solution to this?

 
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johnb6767Commented:
Drop this in the startup folder, as MapDrive.Bat. Replace the relevant info of course....

The name of the NAS should probably replace the DOMAIN below....

Paste it into a cmd prompt to test before trying it at bootup....
net use z: \\NAS\Share PASSWORD /User:Domain\Username /Persistent:yes

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kaskhedikar_tusharCommented:
Hello,

First of all remove that ask for password feature from vista.

You can see in the control panel settings or right click on my computer you can see the settings.

Regards,
Tushar Kaskhedikar
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mbellettyAuthor Commented:
I did see a very similar solution on the web and it did not work when I tried it

I will give another go to be sure
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kaskhedikar_tusharCommented:
Hello,

You can see that mapped drive, am I right ?

when you open that drive it gives error or its asking for user name and password ?

Regards
Tushar Kaskhedikar
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mbellettyAuthor Commented:
The drive can be seen but it keeps asking for username and password beofre allowing access.
it should authenticate automatically and allow full access automatically
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johnb6767Commented:
Perhaps a stored credential is incorrect? IE behaves a similar way on Intranet Pages when there is a stored password that is outdated/expired etc...
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mbellettyAuthor Commented:
Where do we find stored credentials?
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kaskhedikar_tusharCommented:
Hello,

How many DCs in your network?

Regards,
Tushar Kaskhedikar
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kaskhedikar_tusharCommented:
Sorry not for you.
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Jackie ManCommented:
Do you set a password for Windows Vista HP laptop?

Besides, you need to create a user on the NAS with the same logon user name and password for Windows Vista HP laptop?
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mbellettyAuthor Commented:
jackieman: I have never had to do that for any XP machines or Windows 7 machines before.  I have used this NAS drive in a few locations.

I dosconnected the network drive again, then searched for it, and mapped again, it asked for the username and password and I made sure the remember my password was ticked.

Again on restart it has a cross through the mapped drive, until I double click and it asks for username and password again.

There is no DC in this network, just a simple network being run through a modem/router. And using a workgroup.
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mbellettyAuthor Commented:
I also wen into user accounts then manage network passwords.  Added the network password for that device into the stored credentials.  Still have to put in username and password at login
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Jackie ManCommented:
For vista, it will not work that way.

You need to have the same user nameand password fir both the nas and windows vista if you want windows vista to remember the password.
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Jackie ManCommented:
The credential manager has improved tpmatch with those of xp as windows vista has made a drawback in usability for connecting to Linux based nas device.

I have both xp, vista and windows 7 in my work environment and we do need to access shared drive of a nas. Please trust me that there is no trick at all except you create a logon script to map the network drive in using .bat startup script with the /persistent switch. Or, you cabn upgrade to win 7 (of course, you will not.)
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johnb6767Commented:
Type into the search finder, Credential Manager.. Im not in front of a Vista machine right now....
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Jackie ManCommented:
Credential Manager is a windows 7 feature.

For vista, try to run the following command in command prompt.

    cmdkey /list

We have your issue too. If the username for Vista is different from the username in the linux NAS, the username and password will not be saved despite you have selected to store the user password. For the current logon session, the password will be saved but when the user log off or restart the vista machine, the system will ask for the username and password for the mapped network drive shared by linux NAS.

There are no workarounds so far. Windows XP and Windows 7 have no such problem.

The workaround for Vista is to use a same set of username and password for both the Vista and the linux NAS.
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