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OK, I think this is a plausible scenario. Let us assume that there is a Server, and it has Folder1 and Folder2. Folder1 allows only user1 to access itself, and Folder2 allows only user2.

Now suppose I try to use \\Server\Folder1 and \\Server\Folder2 at the same time from a single client PC. What is the best way? Little Google search gave me that I have to map each folder to a network drive, but that solution is really clumsy if there are 30 folders in the \\Server and they require different user accounts.

The most idea solution could be Windows allows logging in to \\Server with multiple accounts at the same time...

[Edit] Please. We all know how to save credentials for one account. I mean MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS AT THE SAME TIME.

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Quite simply, windows does not support multiple simultaneous connections to the same server using different credentials.

See this technet discussion or Knowledge Base article 938120 for more details.

See this Server Fault question for ways to change out credentials with net use

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OK, just as I suspected... If there is no other way, I have to give up and look for other ways such as FTP. Thanks. –  Sin Jeong-hun Aug 12 '13 at 12:10

One solution would be to create a single shared folder. E.g. create \server\home\ with two sub folders.

\\server\home\folder1  
\\server\home\folder2  

Then use NTFS ACLs to limit who can access which folder, and log in with an AD account.

You would end up with a single shared folder (\server\home) which can be shared/accessed by everyone. And sub folders which will deny permission to people not in the right group.

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Windows has an inbuilt credential manager, where you can go to populate and manage existing remembered credentials.

More info from Microsoft: What is Credential Manager?

Blurb:

Credential Manager allows you to store credentials, such as user names and passwords that you use to log on to websites or other computers on a network. By storing your credentials, Windows can automatically log you on to websites or other computers.

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No, it does not work. In the "Internet or network address" field I typed "Server\Folder1" but Windows ignored the folder path and just saved it for "Server". I added a new credential with "Server\Folder2", and this time it overwrote the previous credential for "Server\Folder1". –  Sin Jeong-hun Aug 11 '13 at 2:31

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