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I have two Windows Server 2008 machines: machine1 and machine2. They are both in a workgroup but not in a domain.

On both machines I have the user accounts 'Administrator' and 'FileTestUser' with the SAME passwords on both machines. 'FileTestUser' is member of Users and Administrators. 'Administrator' is the administrator.

I want to write on share d$ on machine2, i.e. I want to access the files via UNC from machine1:


When impersonating machine2\Administrator it works. When impersonating 'FileTestUser' it doesn't. How can I connect to the remote drive NOT using my administrator accounts?

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Create a proper file share with permissions for that user. – EEAA Sep 10 '13 at 13:10
Why wouldn't it work via $d? – Max Sep 10 '13 at 13:11
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The C$, D$, etc., shares are literally called Administrative Shares.

From Wikipedia:

Administrative shares cannot be accessed by users without administrative privileges.

You need to create a new share for the users, that is not a built-in administrative share.

(That the two accounts have the same password is wholly irrelevant.)

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FileTestUser is member of the group Administrators. Doesn't that imply the user has administrative privileges? – Max Sep 10 '13 at 13:15
Machine2\FileTestUser, if the user is in the Administrators group on Machine2, can access the administrative share of Machine2. Machine1\FileTestUser cannot be in the local Administrators group on Machine2. – Ryan Ries Sep 10 '13 at 13:19
Using a file share works! I didn't know about the "Administrative Shares" and their specialities. – Max Sep 10 '13 at 13:20

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