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    Mapping Network Drives (Vista Home Premium)

    I'm in the (slow) process of migrating from an XP machine to a new Vista machine at home. I have a NAS storage box that has a combination of personal folders (login name and password protected) as well as some open "shared user" folders so that all machines on the home network can store and access data.

    On the XP machine I mapped two network drives, Z: to the shared folders and Y: to my personal folder. My XP login requires a password, which is the same as the storage password, so everything works OK.

    In setting up the Vista machine I did the same thing, and everything worked just fine for about 2 weeks, then 2 days ago i was no longer able to access my external storage. I unmapped the drives and remapped. I am able to connect to the shared folders with no problems, but the "private" folder keeps asking me for user name and password. I fill in the boxes with the right information but get an error message saying I don't have the rights. The message also goes on to say that multiple connections to a shared device with the same user name is not permitted! Even if I delete the mapping to the shared folder I cannot map to my private folder. I can see the NAS device when I open the network window, and can also see all the visible folders in the NAS device, but I still cannot log on to my private folder - even directly (i.e. not trying to map the drive).

    As a hint, when I get the log-on error, I notice that Vista has appended the computer name to the user name - is this a clue?

    I believe I have administrator privileges on the Vista machine but from what I read - that's somewhat of a misnomer!

    This is driving me NUTS.

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    Re: Mapping Network Drives (Vista Home Premium)

    I do NOT use mapping or any Networked drives, but I do use shared drives and have NOT had this problem.

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    "I believe I have administrator privileges on the Vista machine but from what I read - that's somewhat of a misnomer!"

    You have Admin permissions, BUT, you do NOT have the "Machine Admin" permissions. This is where UAC comes to play, it prevents changes to be make by software that you MUST as a user must click the OK to proceed.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Mapping Network Drives (Vista Home Premium)

    Did you re-boot after unmapping the drives? You may be running into a caching situation where Vista has not yet completely flushed everything it knows about the mapped drive.

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    Re: Mapping Network Drives (Vista Home Premium)

    I did find a support note on Maxtor's site (it's a Maxtor NAS drive) that said that Vista by default only allows NTLMv2 authentication to external servers, but the linux operating system in the NAS box can't handle this. There's a registry fix (for Home versions of Vista) or a secpol.msc change for the business versions, that enables LM and NTLM authentication.

    This went some of the way to fixing the problem. I also found that using the
    Map Network Drive" tab from windows explorer still had problems, but navigating to the drive from the "Network" icon, and then right clicking on the "map network drive" option was more successful in allowing me access.

    I now have the problem that I want to map a public share folder and a private folder on the NAS to two different drives but Vista is telling me that I can't have multiple accesses to the share with the same user name - see jpg attached.

    This is so frustrating.
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