I discovered a neat trick today that was so obvious I can’t believe I haven’t ever tried it before. When you try to mount a network share from Windows Explorer, the operating system has a tendency to assume that the machine is operating under the same domain as your machine, and tries to log on using your current username/password combo.
This is all well and good, however if you are attempting to log onto a machine that is not a part of the same domain (or part of a domain at all!) you get a dialog box popup similar to this:
Notice that the dialog is assuming I want to login via my corporate domain. I can specify an alternate login ID via the username entry, something I have done regularly for many years!:
Here’s the bit that I’ve never thought of doing before. It is possible I may want to log into a machine that isn’t on any domain (in a workgroup for instance). Doing this requires logging in via a local username on the machine. When I’ve needed to do this I’ve always reverted back to my favourite dos prompt and created a ‘net use’ for the share. It had never occurred to me that I can use a ‘\’ at the start of my username login – this removes the Domain field and allows me to enter the local user and password for the machine.
Thanks to Paul Kelly for doing this in front of me so that I realised this is possible!