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WinXP access to our WinNT

By sir_tuc ·
One of our users has a laptop with Win XP Pro which he uses at home and at our office. His home network type is unknown, but at our office, our network is a WinNT 4 domain. He does have a user account (domain administrator group privileges) and password in our WinNT domain with the same exact username and password as his local account on his laptop. When he comes into the office he does NOT logon to our office domain but logs into his laptop only. Then wonders why he can not access all network resources. He can only access some of our office resources. What I am wondering is; how come a Microsoft WinNT 4.0 domain gives him access to even one network resource if he does not log into our domain??????? I need some serious help! I am totally lost!! This goes against *everything* I have ever read, heard and learned on my own.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to WinXP access to our WinNT

bet you have inconsistent rights applied to your shares/resources. some maybe have default 'full control' rights to 'everyone' or 'guest' access maybe. some only let in authenticated users maybe. tell us more about which resources. printers yes? internet yes? exchange yes? some shared folders yes? but some say access denied? or ask him for username and password?

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by sir_tuc In reply to

Thanks for sharing your valuable knbowledge.

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by sir_tuc In reply to WinXP access to our WinNT

sgt_shultz, You maybe right. The network resources that I am referring to are file servers, proprietary servers and our intranet server. Yes, some resources ask him for a username and password but the servers he needs access to are not even being seen by him.

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by pctech In reply to WinXP access to our WinNT

sgt shultz is correct. You do not need to login to a domain to access shares on the domain. Where the Everyone Group has full control to a share, so does anyone using a peer to peer connection on the local network. I have set up several laptops running XP Home to have access to shares on the network, including the server. As you know, XP Home will not login to a domain, by MS design of the OS. This does not exclude it from accessing shares using a peer to peer connection. All I needed to do was to set up a seperate user account for each user that also has a laptop and assigned permissions for this account on the shares they needed access to. They can login into their domain account using their desktops and still access shares on the server using their laptop account username and password for these shares when prompted to do so. I have not had a single issue using this method. BTW, this is also on an NT 4.0 domain. I have not tried this on a more current server OS, but I do not see why the same method would not work.
Since your user has XP Pro, he certainly can login to the domain. Since he is also a member of the Domain Admin Group, he can also have concurrent logins.

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by sir_tuc In reply to

Thanks for the detailed answer and for sharing your valuable knowledge.

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