Solved folder sharing 2003 srvr failing for new users works for old

Dell / INSPIRION 1500
July 26, 2012 at 04:45:19
Specs: XP SP2, 2.2/4 Gb
i have a sbs 2003 server on which i disabled the domain controller and use a work group to connect all the computers.

I have enabled file or folder sharing on 2003 srvr and was able to share the folder as a network drive from the xp machines.

Not sure what might have changed on the 2003 server but now if i try to add a network drive on a new xp machine in the network, it gives and error "not accessible". I can still access the shared folder as a network drive from the other PC's. Only on the new PC, i seem to have a problem.

I tried to reboot all the systems in the network and see if that fixes the problem, but that did not help.

How do i trouble shoot this problem?

Q. How does file sharing work on 2003 server? Is it on a particular port?
Q. Does 2003 server save the previous connections for the shared folder in some registry key? To know what are the old connections and keep adding them as it gets new requests?
Q. Is it possible that 2003 server is not able to update the list and give permissions for new users?


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#1
July 26, 2012 at 07:34:46
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Have you created a user account on the 2003 server for the new users you're trying to connect with?

If not, try that.

On the 2003 server, create a user account for each new user, using the exact same credentials they use to logon to their computer. Then, add the user account to the share(s) and grant appropriate rights to said share(s) and test and see if they can't connect after you've done that.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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#2
July 26, 2012 at 13:23:36
I have never heard of SBS not being a domain controller which is what you are trying to do. SBS is very different than standard 2003 server versions.

It is also unclear what you mean by disabled the domain. Workgroup is not an option since it is greyed out.

This makes me think you brough it up as a DC but then never joined the pcs to the domain.

It's what you are doing that is the source of the problem.

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#3
July 27, 2012 at 07:31:21
Yes, you are right.

In the past i did not have to create a username on the server that matches the client computer but folder sharing was still working.

Now, i added the username of client in the server and folder sharing is working.

I also saw that they attempted to connected to the shared drive with different credentials so this was cached.

I removed the cache using start->run0->rundll32.exe keymgr.dll, KRShowKeyMgr and cleaning up the cached password


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#4
July 27, 2012 at 08:08:38
Wanderer,

You can run a SBS 2003 server without setting up the Domain Controller, if you want to use a Workgroup instead.

I googled and found this.


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#5
July 27, 2012 at 09:55:40
In the past i did not have to create a username on the server that matches the client computer but folder sharing was still working.

In the past you must have had it setup as a domain controller running an Active Directory domain.

When running an AD domain you create the user accounts on the DC and then in the future when you go to add accounts to shares, the accounts are there.

In a workgroup type setup, you have to manually create user accounts on the server (or computer containing the shared folder you wish to connect to) in order to add them to shares.

I've only done two installs of 2003 SBS and that was over 7 years ago but it seems to me I had to manually run dcpromo to upgrade it from being just a server (ie: workgroup) to make it a DC and create the AD integrated domain.

I'm not sure if you can "downgrade" from a domain to a workgroup, I suspect not on.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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