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Unread 27-03-2008, 10:50 PM   #1
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How do I make Windows ask for password when accessing a shared folder?

I have my network setup with two computers and some users. All users exists (with same username and password) on both computers. One computer is dedicated as file server (Windows 2003 Server, i don't use AD, only workgroup) and the other is client (with Vista Ulitmate). Both in the same workgroup.

If a user logs in at the client computer, the user can access his personal folder at the server. So far everything is good.

But i want to have one, and only one, user logged in at the client machine all the time. And when that user clicks on another user's private network folder I want Windows to ask for username and password. At the moment I instead get a access denied message.

How do I set my system up so that it prompts for password instead of saying access denied?

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Re: How do I make Windows ask for password when accessing a shared folder?

By default, password protected sharing is disabled password protected sharing in Windows Vista is disabled. To enable it:

1. Open the Network and Sharing Center.
2. Under the Sharing and Discovery section, click the down arrow beside Password protected sharing.
3. Click the option labeled Turn on password protected sharing.
4. Click Apply

but since all clients use same username/password, it's not gonna be effective.

And if you want to access files on the Win2003 machine, you need to add the users to the permission list.
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Re: How do I make Windows ask for password when accessing a shared folder?

Well, thank you! That setting I have already made. I think I wasn't clear enough in my question though...

I want only one user (User A) logged in on the client (Vista) all the time. That user has access to a folder at the server (2003 server).

At the server there is some other shared folders that is my other users' private folters (User B and User C).

So, for example, when user B logs in at the client (Vista) he can access his private folder at the server. This is working great.

Now to the problem:

When User A (the one who in my case is suposed to be loged in "forever") try to access User B's or User C's private folder he gets a access denied message. Well thats maybe what you think also should be the way... But I have seen that in some systems you dont get this message, instead you get a request for username and password.

So, what I want to know is how to make my system ask for user name and password instead of saying access denied?
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Re: How do I make Windows ask for password when accessing a shared folder?

well i think for that, you can enable Guest Account in the Server and set a password, and reboot the server. After reboot, when you try to access folders, you will be prompted for a username and password.

to fine tune user permissions, you need to disable Simple file sharing and then set permissions on a per user basis.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307874
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Re: How do I make Windows ask for password when accessing a shared folder?

I've tried that too... Unfortunatly it still doesn't work
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Re: How do I make Windows ask for password when accessing a shared folder?

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