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    Hi, all.

    We have a physically very secure network set-up here and had 3 servers (Win2k Server) and 25 users running in a workgroup. Since it was secure the administrator passwords were left blank and users were automatically logged on as administrator on the various servers. I know it's rather crazy but the system was set up years back and just grew...

    Anyway, the servers have now been replaced by Server 2003 machines (sadly not all at once) so it's had to be moved over more or less as it was - so no domain, active directory etc.

    Of course MS has now removed the possibility of remote users having a blank password so what is happening is that every user has to enter the password for each server once a day when they want to connect to the shares on the servers. They no longer connect as Administrator (phew!) but there seems no way to get the workstations (WinXP-SP2) to remember the passwords. The Connect As box in the Map Network Drive dialog allows you to enter the password as it used to but it doesn't get remembered so it has to be re-entered each time the workstation is re-booted,

    Apart from "Reconfig the whole shooting-match!" does anyone have any ideas, please?

    Thanks

  • #2
    Re: server 2003 - remote Autologon a no-no?

    are the clients member of the domain?
    How are the users logged in?
    Marcel
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    • #3
      Re: server 2003 - remote Autologon a no-no?

      You have a Server 2003, but no AD, no domain? What are they being used for aside from file / print sharing? Is there something in Server 2003 that you require?
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      • #4
        Re: server 2003 - remote Autologon a no-no?

        Hi, Dumber: the client PCs aren't members of a domain, just part of the workgroup.

        Wired: that's not a bad question - the powers-that-be just decided that it was time to modernise, so they bought 3 x 2003 servers and produced them out of a hat!

        To elucidate - the mapping to the shares on the servers works fine but every time the client PC is rebooted it comes up with the dreaded "Incorrect password or unknown username for: \\server\share" The box displays the correct username ( server\username) but the password is blank, hence the error message. When you type in the password (same as used when setting up the original mapping) it's happy until the next re-boot and then the merry-go-round starts again...

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        • #5
          Re: server 2003 - remote Autologon a no-no?

          Sorry, Wired - meant to add: Nope, they're just used for file-sharing - not even printer-sharing! Each client has their own printer, plus a few shared one on print-server boxes.

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          • #6
            Re: server 2003 - remote Autologon a no-no?

            I would say, build a Domain?
            Marcel
            Technical Consultant
            Netherlands
            http://www.phetios.com
            http://blog.nessus.nl

            MCITP(EA, SA), MCSA/E 2003:Security, CCNA, SNAF, DCUCI, CCSA/E/E+ (R60), VCP4/5, NCDA, NCIE - SAN, NCIE - BR, EMCPE
            "No matter how secure, there is always the human factor."

            "Enjoy life today, tomorrow may never come."
            "If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill"

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            • #7
              Re: server 2003 - remote Autologon a no-no?

              Yeah, gotta agree, start a domain. The shares are working as intended, e.g. not saving passwords.
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              • #8
                Re: server 2003 - remote Autologon a no-no?

                Run a batch (or better a vbscript) at logon.
                - http://it-reading.org/ebook/windows%...7-sect-12.html
                - http://www.derkeiler.com/Newsgroups/...3-05/1484.html

                But.. the best solution for security and future growth would indeed building a local domain, as mensioned here before.


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