The short form of the question:
I have a shared folder on a computer with a fixed static IP address, a known share name, and a local user account which has read access to the share.
Normally, I would connect to the share using
\\10.0.1.1\ShareName and logon credentials of
Is there anyway to access the share if I know the local user account name, but I do not have the computer name?
Long, Detailed Explanation:
(I am also willing to try workarounds or alternate configurations).
I have a fleet of Windows 7 Pro laptop computers all of which need to have XP Mode (using Windows Virtual PC) to run some legacy software.
We need the ability to share files between the host and the virtual client, but also, cannot use Integration features, because the legacy software requires full screen mode at the same time.
As a result, each host OS shares files with the client via standard network sharing (as opposed to tsclient in normal XP Mode configurations). Networking is accomplished via a Loopback Adapter on the host (thus the static IP address), because very often these computers are not connected to an external network at all.
On a single machine we have no trouble mapping a network drive in the virtual XP. Simply connect to the folder at
\\IP Address\ShareName and use the credentials of a specially created account on the host.
For deployment, however, I have many laptops with different computer names. This would require manually configuring the mapped network drives on each of the virtual XP guests to use the correct fully-qualified account name.