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Posted 06 October 2014 - 10:52 AM
I have spent some time solving this puzzle and finally found the cause for my setup and a workaround.
I have WIn7 shares and would be presented with a username/password dialog box when accessing these from XP. Entering guest allowed me access but I just wanted to be granted access. I had to follow other guides on the web to get this far so you may also need to try those.
As a matter of coarse when forced to enter a username when installing an Operating System I always use the same bogas username. Lets say it is catdog. So many devices on my network have a catdog user configured mostly without a password. The Win7 box (which I use as a file server) is also configured with this username however it has a password.
After much experimenting I determined that if I try to access the WIn7 shares from an XP hosts while logged in as catdog on the XP host then I would get the username/password dialog box. If I tried this from an XP host with any other username then I would be able to access the shares directly. i.e. No dialog box. I have confirmed this behavior, it is repeatable.
So in an attempt explain I guess the following is happening. When users try to access shared resources, the host presents their credentials to the server. If the server has a matching user name it will try to use that users local credentials and thus to use those resources as that user (in this case catdog) a password must be provided.
If however, a user tries to access the resource but there is no match, then the guest users credentials are applied. I have configured guest with full access to the shares on the Win7 box so access is allowed.
For me, I worked around this problem by changing the username on the WIn7 box to catdogd and now I have flawless access to the shares.
This has driven me nuts and thought i would share in the hope that it may help.
Edited by ornea, 06 October 2014 - 10:55 AM.
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