I have a network with a domain on Windows Server 2012 and a few clients with Windows 7 Pro and 2 with Windows 7 Home, so I can't add them to the domain.

On server I have a shared folder with software updates (not Windows updates). On each computer I have software that is updated from this shared folder. Problem is with non-domain computers. They can't see the shared folder.

I have tried:

  1. I add new user named updates on server, set rights on this user to folder and write it to credentials window in client. It work, but I must do it manually
  2. Second way - this isn't look good for me - I enable Guest account on server then I add permission for guest in Share / Security od shared folder.

What is the best solution to this problem?

  • Using the builtin FTP server would be a good fit for anonymous, read-only access. – Greg Askew Aug 19 '16 at 19:53

If you don't want to enable guest, your choices are:

  1. Manually or scriptomatically map the share with different credentials.
  2. Create an account on the machines with Windows 7 home that uses a username/password combination that's identical to a domain account and do all updating from that account.

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