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    Protecting network drives with password

    I use a Windows XP PC to connect to a Windows 2003 Server Domain and map a drive to the PC, is it possible to request a password each time the mapped drive is accessed.
    The person who usually uses the PC logs on and has access to a mapped drive I don't want others to access, however, others come along to the PC for other jobs (scanning etc) and I want to prevent their access to this drive without having to log out the original user.
    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Protecting network drives with password

    Make sure that on the server a person which uses network drive has username and/or password different from his/her username or password on the workstation.

    Then configure autodisconnect time on the server (as described, for instance, in KB297684).

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    Re: Protecting network drives with password

    To be REALLY sure, you could create a virtual drive using TrueCrypt, and set it to autodismount it not used for x minutes.

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    Re: Protecting network drives with password

    The problem with this from what I can see is that the autodisconnect applies to everyone who connects to the server. If I shorten the time to 2 minutes for the person I really want to disconnect it affects everyone else in the same way.

    I presume you mean that the person has to have 2 logins, the first, to login to the domain which DOESN'T have access to the shared drive I'm trying to protect and then a second which does have permissions to the folder - is this correct?

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    Re: Protecting network drives with password

    I've had a quick look at Truecrypt, but it seems that this will always encrypt the data. The folder is shared by others whose machines aren't used by others, so I don't really want to add truecrypt to their machines just so it works for one person - and I guess if the data is encrypted I HAVE to use truecrypt to unencrypt/decrypt(?)
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    Re: Protecting network drives with password

    Yes, it is.

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    Re: Protecting network drives with password

    If you're on a domain, why can't you just assign the individual to a group, and set permissions like that?
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    Re: Protecting network drives with password

    I don't have a problem giving the user permissions to a mapped drive - the problem is preventing others who use the same machine, logged on as the same person from gaining access to the mapped drive too.
    What I need is for the mapped drive to become unavailable unless a password is entered for it - and without reducing the automatic disconnect time for a mapped drive for all other users of the server.

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