Cannot save windows password for a network share

Posted on 2011-10-14
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a Windows computer which is mapping a drive onto a Windows 2003 Server. The user is logging on as a local user and has to enter the credentials to access the mapped drive. There is no option to save the password.

On another computer, same setup but had the option to save password and the user can access the network drive as soon as they login as a local user.

How do I resolve this issue?
Question by:mail2clk
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    I take it all the machines are xp pro and not home? If you disable simple file sharing in folder options- view tab does this have any effect?
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    by:Don Thomson
    In My Computer - Delete the network drive
    Then Using Neighbourhood Network find the share (Logging in if necessary)
    Right mouse click the share and map network drive
    Set the drive letter then click on log in as another user
    Use the network user code and  password

    Author Comment

    The computer is a Windows XP Pros SP3. I tried disabling simple file sharing. I am using a batch file to authenticate the mapped drive. Its not the most secure.
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    by:Don Thomson
    It really has nothing to do with the simle file sharing. If the user code for the domain login and the local login is the same and the passwords match - then the local login will allow mapped drives without having to put a password in every time - You just don't get the domain policies when logged in locally.

    However - using the method I described above workes quite well if the username or password is different locally then on the domain

    Accepted Solution

    resolved the issue and saved the password in a login script.

    Author Closing Comment

    It resolved the issue

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