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Mapping drive to alternate system

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I need to map a drive to an alternate system that uses different credentials than windows does. I know I can do the mapping with a net use line in a bat file, however that requests the username / password via commend prompt. I was wondering if anyone had a way to do the mapping via script on Windows 7 that would request the login credentials using the windows security GUI?

 
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Question by:sconnaug
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by:RaithZ
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You can include the username and password in the net use command to map it that way.  You just need to add the password by itself before the /USER:domain\username like this:

net use F: \\servername\path password /USER:domain\username

That is assuming you are ok with putting the credentials in the batch file.

If that's not your style, then you could use VB Script to run the same net use command in the background while popping up windows asking for username and password as suggested here:

http://superuser.com/questions/421740/forcing-a-login-script-to-prompt-for-credentials
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by:cmcgarity-IT
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Another alternative would be to utilize AutotIt to create the script. The AutoIt function 'DriveMapAdd' handles this nicely. Here is the syntax:

DriveMapAdd("T:", "\\server2\share", 0, "domainname\username", "password")

Where "T" is the letter to map, "\\server2\share" is the servername and share, the '0' makes it persistant, and the rest explains itself.

See this page for complete usage:
http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/docs/functions/DriveMapAdd.htm

AuotIt Rocks for this type of task. One word of caution, safegaurd the script, as it will contain a clear text copy of the user's password.
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by:sconnaug
ID: 39634657
I failed to mention the script cannot include the user ID or password, but needs to prompt the user for it. The password changes every 45 days which would be an admin nightmare, not to mention that security would blow a gasket putting that in a script.

I certainly can write a VB script that would have input fields for user name then password. I just thought someone may know a way to utilize the standard windows prompt that the users are familiar with.
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
ID: 39634715
I tried an autoit script that was linked to and it doesn't seem to work - anyone have any ideas?  I enter credentials that should work and then click okay, but nothing happens.

#include <C:\Program Files\AutoIt3\Include\GuiConstants.au3>
#include <C:\Program Files\AutoIt3\Include\EditConstants.au3>

$gui = GuiCreate("Authenticate",120,170)

GUICtrlCreateLabel("Username:",10,10,50,20)
$username = GUICtrlCreateInput("",10,35,100,20)
GUICtrlCreateLabel("Password:",10,70,50,20)
$password = GUICtrlCreateInput("",10,95,100,20,$ES_PASSWORD)

$go = GuiCtrlCreateButton("OK",10,130,50,25)
$cancel = GuiCtrlCreateButton("Cancel",60,130,50,25)

GUISetState()
Do
    $msg = GUIGetMsg()

    If $msg = $go Then
        DriveMapAdd ("Y:","\\aecc\Zdrive",0,$username,$password)
        Exit
    EndIf

    If $msg = $cancel Then
        Exit
    EndIf

Until GUIGetMsg() = $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
GuiDelete($gui)
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sconnaug earned 0 total points
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We finally just used a bat file with a net use command and had the user exicute it and enter their user name / password in the command prompt when they needed access to the resource. Not what we were hopeing for but it does work and the users havn't complained too much.
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by:sconnaug
ID: 39919971
Other solutions offered included embedding a user name / password which was unacceptable under our security policies. The solution I entered is not as elegant as we might have liked but it does work.
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