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How to configure the non-domain computer to access a shared folder on a domain computer.

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I have a small network.  All my computer except one laptop are in a domain.  I would like the laptop (non-domain computer) to access a shared folder in one of the domain computers.

What do I need to configure the laptop and the domain computer so the non-domain computer can read/write to the domain computer shared folder.

Non-Domain computer is running Windows 8 and Domain computer is running Windows Server 2008 Std.
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by:gurutc
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You're going to need to set all the network security settings to the most dangerously disabled values possible.  And then you may still be hosed.  Another solution is Webfolder connectivity.  But native Microsoft Client level security is probably a no go.

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Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVP earned 2000 total points
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I have to do this a lot. The trick is that the non-domain computer  will need some domain credentials to use to log onto the shared resource  that has the desired permissions.

I usually map a drive letter to the share. Be sure to select Connect using different credentials. You may want to also select  and Reconnect at logon. Enter a domain user and password. If you also check the Remember my credentials it will automatically connect without asking for the username and password each time.

Note: When entering the user name you will need to prefix it with the domain to log onto like this:

domainname\username
 
 map drive
I connect my Laptop to client's domains using this method all the time. No need to make any network security setting changes.

Boyd Trimmell, Microsoft MVP
aka HiTech Coach
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You're welcome.
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The settings I was referring to were disabling signing and disabling Kerberos only authentication.  You'd need to have NTLM enabled to make the above solution work.

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