If you can’t access Windows shares…


A small Windows tip: if your computer is part of a domain and all of the sudden you can’t access resources over the network (like shares, printers, etc), try changing your password.

I observed this in several networks, and although I’m not entirely sure about the reason – I suspect that it has something to do with the password expiration policy (even though the password seem to work when logging into the given system – even after a cold boot) – this workaround always seemed to work.

Update: Here is the discussion on serverfault about the problem. There were some good suggestions by Nico, but unfortunately no final solution was found as of now.

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One response to “If you can’t access Windows shares…”

  1. Hi!
    I have a similar problem with this. From my computer (it is part of a domain) I can't access windows network shares (with credentials) by name from local network. The strange thing is that I can access these shares by IP address. These computers I can't access by name are also mapped in hosts file. Domain passwords are changing from time to time and this does not change something.
    I still didn't figured out why this happens and if it has something to do with password policies…

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