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#189214 21-Dec-2015 08:57
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I have a PC running Windows 10 which also acts as our home server. We want to access files on the server but keep them secure to visitors on the LAN. My wife has a W10 laptop and want to access these files without any hassle - it should Just Work. Each PC has its own users set up (ie different usernames / passwords), plus we have users on the main PC.

Homegroups just don't work properly, in my experience. I managed to eventually get the laptops to join but they can't see any other PCs in the homegroup. I checked firewall settings, ran the homegroup / network troubleshooter, nothing. I tend to open things up using advanced network settings so my Kodi R.Pi2 can access the video file shares without passwords. I'm open to suggestions to get it working but pretty sick of them.

How else can I share the files? Is it possible to create password protected share then map the shares each time the laptop logs in using a script in the startup folder? Not having to type a password in each time is key, not bothered if it's saved to the laptop.

The only other way I can think of is Bittorrent Sync, which works remarkably well, but that means copying everything to the laptop and there's a lot of images and such that it doesn't make sense for. It also represents a risk, as if something goes wrong with her PC (virus/ransomware) it could more easily corrupt the main drive than with a shared drive. I of course have backups (offsite disks and online for critical stuff) but it would be a hassle.

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  #1454209 21-Dec-2015 09:21
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You can do it from the command line, then put it into a batch file:

NET USE X: \\servername\sharename u:username < passwordfile.txt

You need to create a share on the target machine called 'servername' with a name of 'sharename'
The first line deletes the share
The net line reconnects using 'username'.  You put the password for that user into a file called 'passwordfile.txt' (or whatver you want to call it).  Then when the NET USE prompts for the password, the password in the file will be piped in.

Put this into a batch file and add it to the startup (via task manager I think in Windows 10).

Any problems let me know.  I use this all the time for my workgroup computers to connect to my domain based server.


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  #1454216 21-Dec-2015 09:27
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Thanks timbosan, I'll have a go at this in the next few days and get back to you :)


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  #1454294 21-Dec-2015 10:37
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I need to follow this and take some time to digest it ... !!!

Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


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  #1459775 1-Jan-2016 11:48
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Success! Though I didn't need the password file, because the same Windows account is used by email address on each computer it seems to be automatic :-) I made a batch file that's started with a scheduled task that's run on startup.

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