Mapping a drive to a W8 machine

Posted on 2013-10-11
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Last Modified: 2013-10-16
I have been mapping drives within in house networks and over VPNs for over 10 years.

But Windows 8 has me stumped.  We are on a peer to peer network.  All machines are in the same workgroup.... called MSHOME.

We had a shared folder on an XP machine, let's call it TEST.  We have mapped a drive from our W7 machines to the XP machine and this has work for a couple of years.

We have a Lenovo X61s that we just did a clean install of W8 Pro.  We wanted the TEST folder to be on the Lenovo, and we would then retire the XP machine.

We copied the TEST folder to the Lenovo.

We want to share it with specific users.

If I share it with "Everyone"... no problem. I can map a drive to it.

If I delete "Everyone" and add specific users to the share.... I get "Windows cannot access..."

I have added the users to both machines,
I have turned off the firewall.

The only thing that works is making it assessible to EVERYONE which is not what we want.

Have researched and tried various ideas for 4 hours.

Fresh suggestions welcome.
Question by:Tomster2
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by:Dirk Mare
ID: 39567511
Add the everyone and assign full permission under sharing

Go to the security tab (on test folder share) and assign each user their respective rights

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Raks84 earned 2000 total points
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Hi Tomster,

You share a folder on a machine in a work group and unable to access it from another computer in the same work group or via VPN. My suggestion is to check the format of user credentials given when trying to access the particular shared folder. By default i believe administrator or at least one account is available on the source machine, in our case win 8 pro.

Right click on the folder and select security  and confirm the account that has access rights. Not necessary to give full rights, read - write is sufficient. Once confirmed, go to the target machine that you want to map the shared drive, browse the IP address of the machine from the "run" command or "windows button + R" in the format \\x.x.x.x (assuming the source system is having dedicated IP address).

Shared folders on the Win 8 Pro should be visible in a new window. Right click on the Shared folder and click "Map network drive", and check "reconnect at log on" option. Now it should be asking for username and password to access the machine, give the username in the format, "source computer name\username" and the "password" of the source computer account. This should give you access. Make sure the username exists on the source system where the folder is shared.

Hope this helps.


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ID: 39574590
Write this one off to gremlins or a full moon.  

Raks84, I appreciate the detailed suggestions.  That was pretty much in line with one of the things I tried on Friday before I gave up after spending several hours on this.

I left the computers on over the weekend... tried it again on Monday... and the mapping completed in about five seconds.

The machines were not rebooted over the weekend, no one touched them before I accessed them early Monday.

The main difference was what was supposed to work... didn't on Friday.  On Monday, things worked just the way I was used to them working.

No clue as to what the issue was.

Raks84 - for your detailed explaination, I am giving you the points.

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