Vista File Sharing

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  1. rgratto2

    rgratto2 2[H]4U

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    I couldn't decide whether this was appropriate for Networking & Security or here...

    I have a file server at home that is running Vista. My main pc is running the Windows 7 RC currently. How can I properly set up file sharing from my Vista server so that I don't get an authentication prompt when accessing the files?

    I have googled this a decent amount and couldn't get any solution to really work. I tried creating the same account with the same password on both boxes, and that didnt work. I don't have a domain, so I can't set account permissions for a different computer. What is the proper way to do this? Is it possible?

    Also, any time I hibernate and resume my main pc, I have to reconnect and re authenticate to the file server. Quite annoying. Thanks.
     
  2. kumquat

    kumquat [H]ardness Supreme

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    The easiest way is to have matching accounts with the same passwords on both boxes, then just share the folder from the Vista machine and give that account appropriate access. You're probably missing that last step.
     
  3. rgratto2

    rgratto2 2[H]4U

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    I have it set up to specifically share that user name, although... it says the specific PC name:
    Ryan (Thoth\Ryan)

    I even tried putting read access to Everyone and Anonymous read access.
     
  4. Syndicated_Death

    Syndicated_Death [H]ard|Gawd

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    are you trying to access your admin shares? for example, C$
     
  5. rgratto2

    rgratto2 2[H]4U

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    Nope, its the secondary hard drive (D).
     
  6. Forceman

    Forceman [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Did you try giving access to Guest? I can't recall for sure, but I think that's how I finally solved it for me. It's been a while though.
     
  7. darkpaw

    darkpaw 2[H]4U

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    I've had zero problems with authenticating between a Vista and 7 system when they have the same username/password configuration. Did you do basic sharing or advanced sharing?

    I always configure with advanced sharing, specifically set the user name instead of everyone, and set it to read or write depending on need (usually read).

    By default, vista and newer do not allow any sharing with a blank password.
     
  8. rgratto2

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    Well, I did the account recreation with the same name and password again, logged off and on on my main pc, and it seems like it might be working... we will see.