I have a Linux samba server and have explicitly listed users that can access the folder.

I have successfully congfigured Samba to require a username and password when accessing the share from windows (using the smbpasswd, etc.).

But now I want to force clear the auth cache on the windows machine. Such as when I go to a colleague's computer, I use my account to access a file in the protected share, but then before I leave his computer, i'll want to make sure the authorization cache is cleared so he cannot access that folder with my credentials.

I found the command to use in the windows command prompt on google a couple of weeks ago but silly me I didn't save it...

Hope someone can help, thanks!

Oh, Samba is configured as a workgroup and not a domain (if that helps) - so windows users do NOT log into a domain on start up.


How about this:

net session \\samba.server.ip.address /delete

You can also use:

net use

To give a list of active sessions and to ensure that you've deleted them afterwards.

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    A session does not exist with that computer name. But it exists obviously. Tried both IP and name. – tomasb Nov 12 '14 at 13:45
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    net use \\computername /delete worked to delete it, but the samba credentials were still present, even after restarting explorer from the task manager – RyanTM Feb 19 '15 at 19:05

Try this

Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Credential Manager

Click on the arrow beside the cred you wish to delete

than click on remove from vault

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    This helped me where the accepted answer did not. Thank you! – Aaron Adams Jul 1 '14 at 20:29
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    Faster way: Win+R and paste %windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70} – droidgren Aug 15 '15 at 8:35
  • I am still able to delete and write file on my network after doing this. – Dimitri Kopriwa Oct 16 '18 at 10:54

Incomplete advice. The answer is:

As previously mentioned clear all entries in credentials manager, close any open share explorer windows and/or all applications utilizing the share.


Open services manager. Find the "Workstation" service and restart it.

  • Agreed - this is the correct answer. – Ryan Ries Nov 4 '15 at 18:49
  • @endolith Communities are different. It's ok here. – Sven Sep 27 '16 at 5:12

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