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Using Temporary VPN with Windows Server 2003 File Permissions

Our VPN is down due to an AT&T issue.  Long story.

We can use LogMeIn Hamachi as a temporary easy VPN setup.  

Users can connect to the server and see the folders, but can not access them--they do not have access to them because they are not logged in via Active Directory/the server.

How can we temporary rectify this?
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mwheeler1982

8/22/2022 - Mon
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mwheeler1982: I thought about that but only want to do that as a last result.  Can they authenicate/login after the connect to the VPN via Hamachi?
mwheeler1982

gta2011: Have you tried mapping the drives using alternate user credentials? (This would be using the "Connect using different credentials" checkbox in the map network drive dialog (on Windows 7 at least)).

I would expect that to work if the users specify their domain credentials in the "alternate credentials" box.
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mwheeler1982: They use XP, not Windows 7.
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gta2011: Windows XP allows you to map a drive using different credentials as well, I'm just not sure what the dialog box is called as I do not have a XP machine around. It should be pretty apparent what the option is when the "map network drive" dialog is open.

You can (also insecure) map a network drive with "net use" on the command line and specify a password like this:
net use Z: \\fileserver\share PasswordGoesHere /user:domain\username

There are also solutions like CPAU (http://www.joeware.net/freetools/tools/cpau/) if you do not want them to see the password, but that's a bit more than you may need in an emergency.
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mwheeler1982:

What do you mean "Make sure you give "Anonymous" access in both the Share permissions and the NTFS permissions."
mwheeler1982

When configuring a file share, there are permissions on the share itself as well as NTFS permissions. If you right click on a shared folder, you'll see two tabs: "Security" and "Sharing". Both allow you to control permissions.
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gta2011

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mwheeler1982:

Under sharing tab, i click on permissions and it says this has been shared for administrative purposes.  The permissions cannont be set.

I have added anonymous under security but I still can not connect to the share via the Hamachi VPN.
mwheeler1982

It sounds like you're sharing the root of the drive? Are you accessing something like \\servername\D$ ? If that's the case, those shares are (as described) meant for administrative purposes only and you may not be able to fully configure the permissions.
gta2011

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It is a root share--the D drive.  How can I share them to a person over the Hamaci VPN without logging in?  Again this is just temporary.
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mwheeler1982

At this point, I'm out of ideas. Root shares are not meant to be used for anything other than administrative purposes. Can you try sharing out a single folder with the Anonymous user having both Share and NTFS permissions to see if that works?
gta2011

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I did share the folder.  Thanks for all your help.   I wish I could award 10,000 points.
mwheeler1982

Glad I was able to help!
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