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    dath Guest

    Mapped network drive always requires user login after reboot

    We have 1 server that is a domain controller/exchange server that has some
    folders that need to be shared for client access. I setup a mapped network
    drive to this shared folder on a windows vista client computer and set it to
    auto login each time he reboots with the admin credentials. However each
    time he reboots it requires him to manually put in the admin user name and
    PW. How do we get around this problem without joining his computer to the
    domain? We obviously don’t want to give out the admin login info to every
    user and they are hesitant to add them to the domain because they take there
    laptops home each night and don’t want any problems with there internet at
    home.

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    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] Guest

    Re: Mapped network drive always requires user login after reboot

    dath <dath@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > We have 1 server that is a domain controller/exchange server that has
    > some folders that need to be shared for client access. I setup a
    > mapped network drive to this shared folder on a windows vista client
    > computer and set it to auto login each time he reboots with the admin
    > credentials. However each time he reboots it requires him to
    > manually put in the admin user name and PW. How do we get around
    > this problem without joining his computer to the domain? We
    > obviously don't want to give out the admin login info to every user
    > and they are hesitant to add them to the domain because they take
    > there laptops home each night and don't want any problems with there
    > internet at home.


    Questions/comments -

    Why is the user connecting using administrative credentials to map the
    drive? Can't this folder be accessed by a non-admin user account in the
    domain? This doesn't sound like an ideal setup.....

    You can set up a domain account & password that matches the local
    workstation credentials and they ought to be passed through (I'm not a Vista
    person, note).

    I'd use a login script on the desktop rather than telling Windows to map the
    drive automatically - have the user run it manually when they're in the
    office.

    net use x: \\server\share /persistent:no


    All that said, I would recommend that *all* your users' computers be joined
    to the domain - and use login scripts, group policy, to manage them. Their
    internet access at home shouldn't be disrupted by this, but honestly, if
    these are company owned computers, they should be locked down sufficiently
    that the users can't (in)advertently make any systems changes or install
    software.



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    dath Guest

    Re: Mapped network drive always requires user login after reboot



    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]" wrote:

    > dath <dath@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > > We have 1 server that is a domain controller/exchange server that has
    > > some folders that need to be shared for client access. I setup a
    > > mapped network drive to this shared folder on a windows vista client
    > > computer and set it to auto login each time he reboots with the admin
    > > credentials. However each time he reboots it requires him to
    > > manually put in the admin user name and PW. How do we get around
    > > this problem without joining his computer to the domain? We
    > > obviously don't want to give out the admin login info to every user
    > > and they are hesitant to add them to the domain because they take
    > > there laptops home each night and don't want any problems with there
    > > internet at home.

    >
    > Questions/comments -
    >
    > Why is the user connecting using administrative credentials to map the
    > drive? Can't this folder be accessed by a non-admin user account in the
    > domain? This doesn't sound like an ideal setup.....
    >
    > You can set up a domain account & password that matches the local
    > workstation credentials and they ought to be passed through (I'm not a Vista
    > person, note).
    >
    > I'd use a login script on the desktop rather than telling Windows to map the
    > drive automatically - have the user run it manually when they're in the
    > office.
    >
    > net use x: \\server\share /persistent:no
    >
    >
    > All that said, I would recommend that *all* your users' computers be joined
    > to the domain - and use login scripts, group policy, to manage them. Their
    > internet access at home shouldn't be disrupted by this, but honestly, if
    > these are company owned computers, they should be locked down sufficiently
    > that the users can't (in)advertently make any systems changes or install
    > software.
    >
    >
    >

    The problem is that he does not want to join the domain he is the owner of
    the company so he just wants the mapped drive to work without logging in each
    time. Why would you use a script when you can just setup a shortcut on his
    desktop to the mapped drive?

    Are there any vista experts out there that have had experience with setting
    up a user on the DC with the same name and pw as the user on a laptop that is
    not part of the domain? I know I could do this with my 2000 network and XP
    but I dont want to show up at his office only to find out it wont pass
    through using Vista.

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    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] Guest

    Re: Mapped network drive always requires user login after reboot

    dath <dath@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]" wrote:
    >
    >> dath <dath@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>> We have 1 server that is a domain controller/exchange server that
    >>> has some folders that need to be shared for client access. I setup
    >>> a mapped network drive to this shared folder on a windows vista
    >>> client computer and set it to auto login each time he reboots with
    >>> the admin credentials. However each time he reboots it requires
    >>> him to manually put in the admin user name and PW. How do we get
    >>> around this problem without joining his computer to the domain? We
    >>> obviously don't want to give out the admin login info to every user
    >>> and they are hesitant to add them to the domain because they take
    >>> there laptops home each night and don't want any problems with there
    >>> internet at home.

    >>
    >> Questions/comments -
    >>
    >> Why is the user connecting using administrative credentials to map
    >> the drive? Can't this folder be accessed by a non-admin user account
    >> in the domain? This doesn't sound like an ideal setup.....
    >>
    >> You can set up a domain account & password that matches the local
    >> workstation credentials and they ought to be passed through (I'm not
    >> a Vista person, note).
    >>
    >> I'd use a login script on the desktop rather than telling Windows to
    >> map the drive automatically - have the user run it manually when
    >> they're in the office.
    >>
    >> net use x: \\server\share /persistent:no
    >>
    >>
    >> All that said, I would recommend that *all* your users' computers be
    >> joined to the domain - and use login scripts, group policy, to
    >> manage them. Their internet access at home shouldn't be disrupted by
    >> this, but honestly, if these are company owned computers, they
    >> should be locked down sufficiently that the users can't
    >> (in)advertently make any systems changes or install software.
    >>
    >>
    >>

    > The problem is that he does not want to join the domain he is the
    > owner of the company


    I understand what you're talking about - but I tell business owners "no" all
    the time when they have dumb requests. And they still call me to do work for
    them.

    > so he just wants the mapped drive to work
    > without logging in each time.


    And I want a pony. :)


    > Why would you use a script when you
    > can just setup a shortcut on his desktop to the mapped drive?


    Because he shouldn't have it try to maintain a persistent connection. What
    about when he's not at work? What if you move a share or add a server?

    You haven't explained why he's using any sort of administrative
    credentials - maybe I'm not following....
    >
    > Are there any vista experts out there that have had experience with
    > setting up a user on the DC with the same name and pw as the user on
    > a laptop that is not part of the domain? I know I could do this with
    > my 2000 network and XP but I dont want to show up at his office only
    > to find out it wont pass through using Vista.


    I don't use Vista (ptui!) so I can't advise you there, sorry.




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