Software to give users shared storage?

September 13, 2010 at 12:07:13
Specs: Windows 7
Hey everyone. Here's my situation. In my office we have a Windows Server 2003 server that runs Dynamics CRM. Then each user has a laptop. The server is not a domain controller, we simply connect to CRM by accessing it at it's static IP All my users of course have Active Directory accounts, but they are not on a domain.

What I want to do is give each user say 2 or 3 GB on the server of storage that's private that they can backup their information to. I know I can do that with Windows Server but I find that because we're not on a domain it can be a pain, always having to map network drives, then getting yelled at when we're at home and the server isn't available anymore etc.

What I'm wondering is if there's any software that I can install on my server, allocate so much storage, create users etc, then my users can either run an application on their PC that connects to it or uses the web, similar to say Dropbox or iDisk except that the storage is on my server?

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September 14, 2010 at 05:38:06

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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September 14, 2010 at 09:21:28
Yes you can configure user quotas on the server.

To have users connect remotely requires software and configuration. For most users without a lot of computer sophisication its recommended to use products like logmein, hamachie, gotomypc, etc for secure remote access.

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September 14, 2010 at 09:48:20
Sorry I'm not sure if I wasn't clear. I know how to set quotas and how to do sharing on Windows Server. My question is that because we're not on a domain, it's a pain to have to map network drives, lots of times it can't find the server for some reason then when you get home it complains that the network connection isn't there. Then when you're back in the office usually you have to disconnect the network drive, remap it etc so none of my users want to do it. My machine is on the domain which makes it WAY easier to do.

I'm asking if there's software that does sharing itself. So like for example, on my server I install something, make users, create a folder for each one, give them permission to that folder etc. Then on their laptops, they run a program, enter their username and password and access the share. Similar to the way dropbox or idisk works but not using Windows shares.

I already have logmein and hamachi but I don't want remote access to the server, I just want users to have a folder on their computer that's stored on the server but using something other than windows.

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September 14, 2010 at 10:05:05
No software that I am aware of that fits your description.

I would suggest you write two batch scripts and place them on the computer desktops. One they run when they come into the office and one they run when they leave the office.

Map network drive(s)
@echo off
net use z: \\servername\sharename
repeat as needed

Unmap network drive(s)
@echo off
net use z: \\servername\sharename /delete
repeat as needed

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September 14, 2010 at 11:09:01
How does it know if they have access to the share though? Like will that pop open asking for their username and password? Since their laptop login names are not the same as their active directory names. It worked for me since I've mapped it before. The second script didn't work though it says A command was used with conflicting switches. Wrote it exactly as you said with the /delete at the end...

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September 14, 2010 at 11:29:37
How does it know if they have access to the share though?

In normal peer to peer networking their account on the server and on the local workstation are spelled the same and have the same password usually set to never expire. Second they go to map the drive they are authenicated and since you set the permissions they are granted those permissions.

Conflicting switches is informational message saying the command line is wrong. Nothing else was wrong.

I think there is some confusion concerning workgroup vs active directory. To clarify please post a ipconfig /all from the server.

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September 14, 2010 at 19:05:25
I'm not in the office but I can tomorrow. What I mean is for example, on the server user 1's active directory login name is:

jsmith and password abc123

On their computer their login name is johnsmith and their password is apple.

When I say active directory it's because that's where I go to change the passwords and users is active directory. These logins are only used for access to Dynamics CRM. So what I mean is it's hard to map drives easily when their laptop username is different.

Lastly, I copied and pasted your example above exactly, changing servername to and share to jsmith. The first one worked fine mounting, but using the second command gave that error about the switch.

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September 15, 2010 at 16:23:18
You would need to post to me exactly what you wrote for the map delete command so I can troubleshoot it.

The laptop names/passwords must match the server names or visa versa. This is the basis of your issues.

Since this is a CRM centrix operation I would match their CRM credencials except password, to both server and laptops.

You will run into an issue changing the laptop profiles. Simply make the new accounts and after they have logged on, you logon as administrator and copy the contents of the old profile to the new one.

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