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Accessing UNC file share with credentials?

From a .NET 1.1 app: need to access a file share on a remote server by
its UNC path, i.e., \\server\folder \subfolder\, using specific
username and password.

The problem is that the credentials are local to the remote server.
Therefore, impersonating that user when accessing the share is not
possible.

One solution is to map a network drive using the credentials, but it
seems kind of ugly and old school.

Is there any other way?

Thanks!
Oct 3 '07 #1
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From a .NET 1.1 app: need to access a file share on a remote server by
its UNC path, i.e., \\server\folder \subfolder\, using specific
username and password.

The problem is that the credentials are local to the remote server.
Therefore, impersonating that user when accessing the share is not
possible.

One solution is to map a network drive using the credentials, but it
seems kind of ugly and old school.

Is there any other way?
I'm not sure what .NET offers natively but you can always rely on
"NetUseAdd( )" in the WinAPI. This is how you would normally handle it
outside of .NET. Just change the credentials to that of the remote account
and you can then access the machine normally. Note that the domain name you
pass should be something that the remote server doesn't recognize however
(an empty string probably though I haven't done this in some years). This
ensures that authentication will occur using the remote machine's local
account which will happen anyway if the remote machine isn't part of a
domain at all.
Oct 3 '07 #2

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