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I have configured a folder on my 2008 server to be shared with the 'Everyone'. When I attempt to access this folder from another PC from Windows Explorer, for example, I am prompted for a userid and password. Is there a way to prevent this?


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'Everyone' means every one from the domain. You can use the Guest account if it is enabled. Also make sure the NTFS file system Permission allow 'Everyone' to read the folder/files.

There are 2 solutions:

  1. Make sure the 2008 server and the PC are on the same domain and you are logged on as a domain user. This will pass the domain user credentials to the server and it will not ask for a username/password.

  2. Enable anonymous access by modifying the GPO setting, "Network access: Shares that can be accessed anonymously". See

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