Can't disconnect from NSLU2

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by cecr, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. cecr

    cecr LI Guru Member

    I have NSLU2 with linksys V2.3R63 FW

    I've never has it working the way I wanted and not bothered with it, but I need it now.

    I have 2 disks, a fat32 on port 1, the other ext3. My PC is XP

    If I browse My Network Places, I can see the drives. The fat32 is open with no security, the ext32 prompts me for a username and password. I can log in easily and browse the disk. However, there doesn't seem to be anyway of 'disconnecting' from the drive. If I close My Network Places, and then subsequently browse it again, I get into the ext drive without a username or password. At this stage I haven't mapped the drive, so ummapping won't work. If I map the drive and then unmap it, it is still 'connected' ie, browserable without name/password. If I log in via a web browser, and then log out, the disk is still attached.

    How can I disconnect from the drive?
  2. jackito

    jackito LI Guru Member

    You´re problem is that Windows is caching network credentials (practical but less secure) for the duration of the Windows user session. The only way to clear this cache is by closing the Windows user session and open the session again (no need to restart just re-login). This is the default behavior for Windows OS.

    If you want to be asked for credentials everytime you try to access any network disc you need to disable credentials caching.
    You can achieve this by changing the local policies (local gpo) for the Windows XP machine.
  3. cecr

    cecr LI Guru Member

    Thanks for your help, what you say sounds right, but I admit to little experience in this area.

    I've had a look at changing the policy, and read that some say that on XP Home (my system) it doesn't cache credentials, but in any case there is no menu type facility for doing so.

    Am willing to edit the registry if I can find the correct entries, or adding software to do it............ anyone?

    And yes, logging out does the job, but its not convenient.
  4. jackito

    jackito LI Guru Member

    As you said, with Windows XP Home it´s going to be more complex because you can´t use gpedit.msc for the task.
    For sure you can edit the registry to change the policy manually (as you said, you need to know what to change) or maybe this tool can help. I never used it, but you can give it a try if it works let us know. :)
  5. cecr

    cecr LI Guru Member

    Thanks. That looks a good tool but there doesn't seem anything relevant to network credentials of policies. Not that I can see anyway, though maybe I just don't recognise it.

    I think I will abandon the NSLU, its the biggest pile of junk I have ever seen. I think I'll reformat the ext drive as windows and encrypt it for security. I think that would be much more reliable and easier than messing about with it as it is. I will look at replacing it with a proper NAS ASAP, but the NSLU has been a bad buy, total waste of money and time.

    Thanks for your suggestions.
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