First, I'm assuming we can securely (with passwords) share files / folders in basically only two ways:
- Have the same user+password on both machines or
- Authenticate on the connected shared folder. (providing user name and password)
Is this right? Well...
For some reason, neither way to share folders works properly, in this setup:
- Windows 7 (several machines, in fact)
- Windows 2008 Server - no domains, no Active Directory
- cawas account set on both, with same non-blank password
- mygroup group set on Windows 2008 Server, which contains cawas
- several users, other than cawas set on Windows 7
Yeah, sure, "why don't you use domains?" is a valid question here. Well, I don't know as well. We don't have an admin and it seems like too much work for too little need. Anyway...
If I set cawas on the server, I can easily access it from win7, from whichever user I'm logged in.
But if I set just mygroup (and remove cawas) on the server, I can only access it if I'm logged in as cawas on win7. It doesn't even ever asks for a user name and password. Even if I enforce the authentication by using mapping it still doesn't work.
The error is either "can't connect" or "share point already using another username / password", but nothing I do can fix those messages, including
net use /delete. The symptom is always the same: doesn't even allow to connect.
The strangest thing happens on another windows 7 machine... Same setup, but it asks for user name and password, we type in, it works! That one doesn't even have cawas (or any user) set as the same from the server.
So, what's going on? How can we fix this?