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VPN and mapped drives

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by psych0naut, Jun 17, 2004.

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  1. psych0naut

    psych0naut Thread Starter

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    User connects to our network from home via VPN. How can she access her network files? I had her create a shortcut on her desktop to:

    \\ipaddress of server\users\username

    Once she's VPNd in and clicks this link it prompts her to authenticate but it still fails. Is there a better way for her to access her data? Can she map a drive in the same manner as she would at her workstation at the office?
     
  2. mel-p

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    You could try the following which can be added to a batch file to map multiple drives:

    net use X: \\servername\sharename /USER:domain\username password

    if you use a %1 in place of where the password should be it will prompt the user for the password - handy to avoid account lockout if your policies required a change of passwords every so often.

    The batch file would then look like this

    net use U: \\server1\sharename /USER:domain\username %1
    net use I: \\server2\sharenam,e /USER:domain\username %1

    etc. etc.

    Add the server names to a LMHOSTS file and you wont need to use the IP addresses. If the server IP addresses ever change just email a new LMHOSTS file to the user and the batchfile will still work.
     
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