When Windows is asked to connect to a network share, it always sends the
username (and domain name if there is one) and password of the currently
logged on user. If this fails (the target computer doesn't "know" this
username and password - "authentication" fails), Windows displays a
credentials prompt for the user to supply a different username and password.
On Vista, the built-in user account called Administrator is "Disabled" by
default and can not be used to logon locally or connect to shares from
another computer; on XP it is "Enabled" by default.
When Windows XP or Vista is installed, a user account with the name
specified by the installer (or very first person to starts the computer), is
created This user account is added to the local Administrators group.
If you are not sure what username you are logged on with for any reason
(e.g. you get logged on automatically):
1. click Start, Run
(or, luanch Command Prompt via All Programs, Accessories etc.)
This command will respond with the username of the currently logged on user.
I'm not familiar with the LaCie ethernet mini disk, but the Manual for it
says that one
can use its built-in web site to configure "Users". You might want to
create a "User" on the mini disk that has the same username and password
that you logon to your XP or Vista computer with. This should avoid the
prompt for credentials you get when you connect to "shares" on it.
Bruce Sanderson MVP Printing
It is perfectly useless to know the right answer to the wrong question.
"Jork" <Jork@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> I have the same logon problem both with XP home and Vista Basic in
> to a LaCie ethernet mini disk. With XP I find that for "user" fills in a
> differen tuser name, that is one of the users define d for XP, while I
> on with the name administrator on the LaCie disk. With Vista no user name
> shown, so I do not now if if Vista tried any.
> "Bruce Sanderson" wrote:
>> I've noticed sometimes that the "balloon" about not all network drives
>> re-connected lies. Also, sometimes the network drive in the navigation
>> (left) pane shows a red "X", but I can still access files and folders in
>> mapped network drive.
>> Is the problem that the warning balloon appears or that if you attempt to
>> navigate to files on the mapped drive it fails?
>> When you set up the Mapped Network Drive, did you specify a user account
>> Bruce Sanderson MVP Printing
>> It is perfectly useless to know the right answer to the wrong question.
>> "NG" <NG@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> >I am having an issue where Vista Business is not reconnecting to a
>> > network drive after I restart. The network drive is on a NAS system
>> > that
>> > is
>> > always on. I have selected the check box for "reconnect at login", and
>> > it
>> > still is not working. My windows XP Pro machine is working fine and
>> > reconnects every time.
>> > Any help would be greatly appreciated.
>> > NG