Still Need Password To Connect To Network Drives, After VPN In

Posted on 2013-12-06
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We use a Windows 2003 Server with RRS configured as VPN server. After VPNed in from PCs (Windows XP & Windows 7), we still need to enter password to connect to network drives. Is there a way to fix this so that users don't have to enter password for network connection?
Question by:stillsyra
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Rich Rumble earned 2000 total points
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If they are logging into the PC first, it's using a cached domain credential, and not authenticating to the domain. So the user is logged in the PC, they then VPN into the office/work using their domain/pass, that does not create a login credential (token), it only serves as an authentication attempt against one service (VPN).
For it to work how you envision, the VPN connect to work has to be there first or part of the users login process. That means a modified GINA or another way to establish the connection to work so that when the user logs into the computer the domain can give them an authentication credential.
Citrix or Terminal Services are often good ways to do this, windows 7 and later also have the DirectAccess "VPN", takes a lot of setup and works using IPv6 (you cna tunnel ipv4)

Cisco's VPN client allowed you to connect to the VPN first and then login the computer. it modified the Gina so that you'd only have to input the user/pass once. And it looks like the new version (anyconnect0 does too


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Rich, thanks for the repsonese. We don't use Cisco, but Windows Server RRAS for VPN. The desktops/laptops used for vpn access are not domain computers.

Users need to first log into the computers, then connect to vpn, and then connect to the network drives. It looks like we don't need to re-enter the passwords on some machines, but have to on others. I don't see any configuration difference among the computers though.
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by:Rich Rumble
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If they aren't domain joined then i can't see how it's working for some and not others, it probably shouldn't work for any. Some drives may be connected to the same server so perhaps that's why? A machine only needs to authenticate to a server once for the user (with proper permissions) to access all drives on that server.


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