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I have an issue where I can't connect to a Windows 2012 Server form a Windows 7 machine via a remote file share. I can't RDP into the machine just fine using a set of credentials, but when I try to hit the file share and enter those same exact credentials it tells me they are not valid. The two machine are on different domains, but like I said I can hit the machine using RDP, so I'm not sure what the issue is.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

-TO CLARIFY- I'm trying to hit the machine via a Windows Explorer instance, using \[machineName]\c$, I'm not trying to set up a file share, which I already know how to do.

  • Do you have access rights to that folder? if you dont have them of cause wont be able to connect to the share. – Ivan Viktorovic Feb 9 '15 at 15:21
  • @IvanViktorovic the account has admin rights for the host machine. – Brady Feb 9 '15 at 15:28
  • Having admin right does not mean that he can access all stuff. You still need to have rights on the share. Look for the data and shareing center and then look for the share. Check the rights of the share and the ntfs rights. If you have no clue what youre doing and you have admin rights on a server then you shouldnt trying to to stuff. Please just contact an admin. – Ivan Viktorovic Feb 9 '15 at 15:32
  • Maybe I phrased my question wrong. I don't actually want to create a file share, I know how to do that. What I want to do is to be able to hit the machine's root drive via Windows Explorer. Does that make any difference? – Brady Feb 9 '15 at 15:47
  • @IvanViktorovic This is a non prod server. I'm the only real admin that works on it, mostly for fun. The Corp IT admins don't touch the machine unless they need to preform upgrades. Besides, you gotta start somewhere right? – Brady Feb 9 '15 at 16:12
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RDP and file sharing are completely independent of each other. You might have RDP permission, or even administrator privileges, but that doesnt guarantee access to a file share.

If you cannot access a file share, more than likely you do not have access permissions to the share. Ask your local administrator/help desk to confirm the issue and resolve it.

  • I have administrator rights on the machine. When I RDP into it what settings should I be looking for? I checked around and could not find anything related to letting an account hit a file share. Is this something that has to be set up in AD or something? – Brady Feb 9 '15 at 15:27
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  • just google file sharing, just remember there are TWO sets of permissions to deal with: share permissions and file permissions. – Keltari Feb 9 '15 at 15:34
  • File permission is allways the stronger bind. – Ivan Viktorovic Feb 9 '15 at 15:35
  • Maybe I phrased my question wrong. I don't actually want to create a file share, I know how to do that. What I want to do is to be able to hit the machine's root drive via Windows Explorer. – Brady Feb 9 '15 at 15:46

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