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Windows 7: Opening a folder with different credentials

15 Nov 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
Opening a folder with different credentials

So, I'm an IT manager with administrative privileges in a domain. On one of our servers there's an IT folder that only those with said privileges can enter. This is all well and good.

My question is: is there a way to use my credentials on another computer whose user is already in said domain?

To use an example, I recently restored a computer who had a Windows authentication issue (somehow the admin before me turned off restore - was fun). Once I re-set up his domain name it wouldn't allow him to get into the IT folder (which made sense - this is what we want). Problem was, I found no easy way to then enter my credentials so I could sneak in, grab the install I want, then sneak out (preferably with Windows not remembering / automatically administering my credentials each time).

I've found the drive mapping bit, is there anything easier I'm missing?

Thanks ahead of time.

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16 Nov 2013   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Try a UNC connection:
When prompted for credentials - do not check the option to remember them.

Restart the computer to get it to forget the credentials.
I don't recall if logging off and back on is enough to forget the credentials.
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20 Nov 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32bit

Sorry for the slow response. Not sure if I'm missing something, but I think that's about the same thing as drive mapping. It's not a bad solution, and it works, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing an easy button. So, I'm all good.

Thanks again.
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20 Nov 2013   #4

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

If you map a drive letter, you have to remember to unmap it or it will keep asking the user for different credentials with each reboot and/or log on.

UNC is better for this...

After completing your work, I would restart the computer and check that the credentials have been forgotten.
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21 Nov 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional 32bit

It's a small company, so the only one who would be using this method would be me, so I'm not overly worried about forgetting.

Perhaps I'm misunderstanding or missing something. From my understanding, using the UNC path in Explorer will not ask me for credentials, as I already have "credentials" on that computer (they just don't allow access to the folder). I've been using the net use or pushd commands to mount the drive, and the appropriate commands to unmap. Is there another way to use a UNC connection?
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21 Nov 2013   #6

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

If the person currently logged on to the computer has already established a connection to the server\share and an attempt is made to connect to a folder where the person does not have permissions, then the OS just tells the person that they cannot have access to that folder. As far as I know, it does not prompt then for alternate credentials.

I tested at my office using Start > Run and by mapping a drive letter and the results seem to be the same - access denied and no prompt for alternate credentials. If I had paid more attention to the details in your OP, I would not have suggested UNC. UNC (or mapping a drive) is useful if no other connection has been established to a given server\share.

I've used net use - but only to map drive letters and I don't have an environment where I can test before posting (I don't want to keep hitting the share at my office that i don't have rights to :-)

Maybe other forum members can chime in with info on that.
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