Thursday, September 5, 2013

Connect to a FileShare using different credentials

Ever try to use robocopy of other tools to copy files from a Windows share, but you need to use the credentials of another users? If you were to try to use Windows to access the Windows share it would prompt you for a username and password. However, from the command line or batch file it won't. To get around that, you can do the following:

net use \\server1\c$ /user:domain1\user1

When you are done with it, you can remove the credentials you setup by doing the following:

net use \\server1\c$ /delete

You can type net use /? to get help

Here is what you could get from the help

>net use /?
The syntax of this command is:

[devicename | *] [\\computername\sharename[\volume] [password | *]]
        [/USER:[dotted domain name\]username]
        [/USER:[username@dotted domain name]
        [[/DELETE] | [/PERSISTENT:{YES | NO}]]

NET USE {devicename | *} [password | *] /HOME

For explanations of each switch check out the online docs.

Notice you can pass the password so you can use it in a start up or batch script. It also has a /PERSISTENT option so that the connection will be restored at each logon.

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