How to maintain server login password

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Jennifer Ward, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. Hi,

    I'm kind of the defacto IT person where I work. We're running Windows
    Server 2003 with several PC connected that are running Win XP Home and Pro.

    I notice that, after powering down the PC, some PC's need to log in to the
    server again and some don't. I'm not sure what the difference is.

    Is there a way to make it so they don't have to logon to the server
    repeatedly ? (no we're no concerned about security here)

    Thanks, Jen
     
    Jennifer Ward, Jul 1, 2009
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  2. Hello Jennifer,

    What do you mean with PC need to login to the server? When the machine is
    started a user will login. What error message is shown then?
     
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Jul 1, 2009
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  3. There are two cases where this happens.

    We have a copier connected to the server and people can print to it. If
    they are not logged into the server and then try to print to the copier,
    they get some obscure "problem" message. I know the solution is to try to
    open their folder on the server and enter a name and password. Then they
    can print to the copier.

    We also use a backup program on each PC to copy files to the server. This
    program will not work after the PC power is cycled unless they open their
    folder on the server and enter a name and password.

    I know this is a convoluted system but it's how things are. I'm just
    curious why some PC's always seem to be "connected" to the server and never
    require a name and password after cycling power. And some PC's are the
    opposite. If it's not an obvious answer then I can live without it. I was
    just curious.

    Thanks, Jennifer.
     
    Jennifer Ward, Jul 1, 2009
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  4. Hello Jennifer,

    How are your user work, on the server or on a client when the problem occur,
    your statement is not clear for me? Also where are the accounts configured?

    Is the server a domain controller? Are the XP Pro machines domain member?
     
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Jul 1, 2009
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  5. Either:

    1. you are not running an Active Directory Domain,..hence the folder
    locations are not accessable until the user actually "does" it.

    2. you are running a Domain but some or all of your machines are not Domain
    Members. Causes the same thing as #1

    3. you are running a Domain and the XP Pro machines are Domain Members
    ("Home Editions" are not capable) and the users are logging in with Local
    Accounts instead of Domain Accounts. Causes the same thing as #1

    Solution:

    1. You need an Active Directory Domain (requires expertise,...you can't just
    "wing it")
    2. Machine must all be Domain Members
    3. Throw out the Home Edition machines,..they are worthless for this.
    4. Users must log in with Domain Level Accounts,..no Local Accounts, get rid
    of them


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    Phillip Windell, Jul 1, 2009
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  6. Jennifer:
    If you're running Server 2k3, you're in a domain setup? XP Home isn't
    designed to be used in a domain - I'll bet those are the machines you're
    having troubles with. Change/replace them with XP Pro and you should be
    fine.
    Kara
     
    Kara A. Kalel, Sep 19, 2009
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