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I have a local Windows 2008 standard server setup wtih a shared folder.  The folders is shared with everyone.  However when some users try to connect to the share it prompts them to enter a username and password.  

We are not running a Windows network so they do not have a logon to the server.   This does not happen to everyone only certain users.  I get the same result if try "net use" or Map Network drive.  

I have tried this on a computer at a remote location on a different subnet and it connects ok but some local users just cannot connect to this.  

Any suggestions on how to remove the prompt for username and password?
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by:smckeown777
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Few things to check

1) All on same WORKGROUP?

2) You've disabled 'Password protected sharing'? - see this post for settings - http://www.techotopia.com/index.php/Configuring_Windows_Server_2008_File_Sharing

3) You've enabled the Guest account on the server? - normal way for sharing to work is either you have same users on host server and machines accessing the server - or you need Guest account enabled on the server to allow sharing to work
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Everyone is not on the same workgroup.  I have users accessing it from 3 separate locations and I can access it from linux computers with no problem.  Just the couple of computers in the local office have this issue.

The server is part of a domain but the computers are all part of a Novell network.  

I have not enabled the guest account but everyone else can access it with no problem.
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So what's the common denominator here? All pc's that are part of the Novell network can't access? But everyone else can?

Or asked a different way - the users who can't access - any similarities with the ones that can? Can you match up as a test to see?

Share access usually works either by similar username - i.e if i have a local user called Joe and a user on the server called Joe then access works, so need more details on the working users and the non-working users to help further here...

Client OS? Windows XP/7?
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We have three seperate locations and all PCs are connected to the Novell Network.  Most PCs run Windows 7 but a few are still on XP.   I have a separate unreleated Windows Network with Windows 2008 servers in two of the locations.  

On one of these servers I have shared a folder , removed all restrictions from it and given everyone access to it.  

I can access the shared folder from PCs in all three locations from Windows 7,  Windows XP and some Linux servers.   The only issues I have are a couple of computers at the same site as the Windows server which require a username and password to connect.  

Do I need to setup a guest account and use that with the Net Use command?
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Ok, the Guest account is already created on the server - just enable it

Go into Server Manager - Configuration - Local Users and Groups
Right click Guest - Properties
Untick 'Account is disabled' and now its enabled...
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