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  • Question

  • I was setting up my new HP Media server on my computers at home. One very odd thing happened on one of the desktops. I started it up and checked the Network. I can see the HP server and I thought I would click on it just to see if I can access it. To my surprise it can! I can access every folder except two folders called Converted Videos and Mac.

    Any ideas ?

    Sunday, July 18, 2010 10:52 PM

Answers

  • Is your log-on information the same on that computer as you made it for the the server log-on? 

    The point is, the server doesn't care which computer on the network you log on to the server with, or even if you log on from multiple computers at the same time.  As long as you use the correct log-on information you will have access to your folders on the server.

    • Marked as answer by jonathancmy Monday, July 19, 2010 9:28 PM
    Monday, July 19, 2010 6:49 PM

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  • I was setting up my new HP Media server on my computers at home. One very odd thing happened on one of the desktops. I started it up and checked the Network. I can see the HP server and I thought I would click on it just to see if I can access it. To my surprise it can! I can access every folder except two folders called Converted Videos and Mac.

    Any ideas ?

    Make sure the Guest account is disabled.  If that doesn't do it, disable Media Streaming.
    Sunday, July 18, 2010 11:16 PM
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  • I was setting up my new HP Media server on my computers at home. One very odd thing happened on one of the desktops. I started it up and checked the Network. I can see the HP server and I thought I would click on it just to see if I can access it. To my surprise it can! I can access every folder except two folders called Converted Videos and Mac.

    Any ideas ?

    Make sure the Guest account is disabled.  If that doesn't do it, disable Media Streaming.

    Guest is already disabled and I have switched off all Twonkymedia streaming. However I can still access the folders on my unauthorised pc. Do I need to reboot the server for this to take effect?
    Monday, July 19, 2010 12:11 AM
  • Guest is already disabled and I have switched off all Twonkymedia streaming. However I can still access the folders on my unauthorised pc. Do I need to reboot the server for this to take effect?
    Try rebooting both client and server.  Also, make sure all Media Streaming is disabled (WHS comes with its own, plus any additional streaming apps provided by the OEM manufacturers).
    Monday, July 19, 2010 12:15 AM
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  • Is your log-on information the same on that computer as you made it for the the server log-on? 

    The point is, the server doesn't care which computer on the network you log on to the server with, or even if you log on from multiple computers at the same time.  As long as you use the correct log-on information you will have access to your folders on the server.

    • Marked as answer by jonathancmy Monday, July 19, 2010 9:28 PM
    Monday, July 19, 2010 6:49 PM
  • I will try to reboot my server although I don't think that would make a difference (but still worth a try!) I have switched off all media streaming (although that kind of defeats the purpose...) on my WHS.

    I tried accessing from other computers on the network that are not added to WHS and they can't access (need user/pass). It's only this PC and what's weird is that there's certain folders that I can't access. The user/pass on this said PC is different from any on the WHS.

    This is just weird... am I exposed to attack if this is the case?

     

    edit: I rebooted both the affected PC and server - no dice. I also changed the username on the affected PC but it still could access folders!

     

     

    Monday, July 19, 2010 8:40 PM
  • Did you at any time access a share from that users profile and select the choice to store the password (i.e. Administrator or another entitled user account)?
    To check this, from that users profile on the client click Start/Run and type control keymgr.dll. Verify, that no unwanted credentials are stored there for accessing WHS.

    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf

    Monday, July 19, 2010 8:59 PM
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  • Right, I did forget to mention something.

    I had an old WHS server running before running the current one. This affected PC was configured as a user on that server. However, I have took the old server down and transferred everything to this new server.

    I haven't added this PC as a user BUT I found out the folders which it can access are the same folders that it can access on the old WHS server. Any new folders I've created on this new server can't be accessed by this PC. I've uninstalled the old WHS connector software and still that didn't help. As I have mentioned, I also tried on other PCs on network that are not added and they can't access.

    Is there anyway I can cleanly remove this PC from the list? I would try to manually have a look into some admin settings using RDP and see if I can find something out.

    Monday, July 19, 2010 9:19 PM
  • Did you at any time access a share from that users profile and select the choice to store the password (i.e. Administrator or another entitled user account)?
    To check this, from that users profile on the client click Start/Run and type control keymgr.dll. Verify, that no unwanted credentials are stored there for accessing WHS.

    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf


    I did this and the only thing that came up is my Windows Live account.
    Monday, July 19, 2010 9:21 PM
  • Ah hah! This PC has the same username and password as my laptop (which is added!) I will try to change the password on this PC to see if that helps.

     

    edit: YUP! Found the culprit! Honest mistake as I have same names for some PCs on the network. Definitely learned a lesson from this :)

     

    Also to note : Windows Vista (and I think W7 too) doesn't really officially "change" your username. It may look different but still registered as the original one. I noticed this as I have already changed my username (but not password) and I still CAN access but not if I change the password.

    Monday, July 19, 2010 9:25 PM