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Password prompt for file share in a non domain enviroment

Posted on 2013-11-18
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I have a situation where I am trying to get a username and password prompt for a file share on a server 2008 machine when being accessed from computers on the same network.  There a not a domain in place, and my client doesn't want to convert to a domain.   All systems are on the default "WORKGROUP" workgroup. I am planning on creating a user on the server that has access to this share and then giving that user info to the employees for access.  The user nodes are a combination of laptops desktops and tablets running Windows 7 and Windows 8.
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Create the user on the server and give that user access to your share.

Go to a workstation, make sure you're logged in as the local workstation user that you want to use to access the share.   In XP go to Control Panel > User Accounts > User

Select Manage My Newtwork Passwords
Click on Add
Put in the Server name
Put in User Name in the form Server2008Name\User where user is the local user on the 2008 server with access to the shares.
Put in the local Server 2008 user password
Click OK and close it out.   You should have access to the share now.

The procedure is similar in Windows 7.   Let me know if you have any other questions and if this works for you.
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There is one additional setting to check in "Advanced Sharing Settings"  under HomeGroup connections select "Use user accounts and password to connect to other computers".
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