Permissions Issue with Windows XP

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by spiglord, Sep 23, 2006.

  1. spiglord

    spiglord LI Guru Member

    ** Noob Alert**

    I just purchased a NSLU2 secondhand and have spent a number of hours trying to get it to work with XP.

    I have been able to connect with the browsers (, and investigate the 250GB drive that came with the NSLU2. I have been able to create a share and they do appear in MY NETWORK PLACES under WORKGROUP. I can even see the files that the previous owner had on the hard drive using the web based "User Log in (Private Data)".

    What I can't seem to do is access any of the existing or new shares from within Windows XP. Every time I double click on a share I am asked for a username and password but get the following message: -

    '\\nslu2\stephen is not accessible.You might not have permissions to use this network resource. Contact the administartor of this serverto find out if you have permissions

    Multiple connections to a server of shared resourceby the same user, using more than one user nameare not allowed. Disconnect all previous connections to the server or shared resource and try again'

    [PS> I can't seem to reformat the hard drive that came with the NSLU2....?? The format process just takes about 30 seconds, and the disk log says 'Format Failed']

    Any advice would be geatly appreciated.... Thanks

  2. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    It sounds like permission settings are hindering you, so you'll have to "override" the existing permissions, but in order to do that, you'll need administrative access via the administrator account (this is my guess).

    Right-click on the folder and click properties; look for either "properties" or "sharing and security." Click on the "security," then look at the bottom right hand side of the box and click on "advanced," then from there, click on the "owner" tab. If you have administrative rights on the computer/storage device you're using, you should now highlight "adminstrator" and then click in the box "replace owner on subcontainer and objects." This should allow you to tak ownership of the files/folders you can't get into. Do this for all the folders you don't have access to and should be alright from there.

  3. spiglord

    spiglord LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the advice DocLarge, but when I right-click on any of the shares visible under Microsoft Windows Network/Workgroup/NSLU2/ I only get a Properties option, and that only gives me General or Customise tabs, with no option to change the security or admin settings. This is the same for the shares that came on the HDD and the shares I have since created.

    I have full admin rights on both Win XP computers in my network, but get the same result on both. I also have full access rights to the web browser based Administration tools on the NSLU2, although I cannot seem to get the HDD to reformat.

    Any other suggestions....?
  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    I haven't a NSLU2 (donation is welcome - just kidding :tongue: ), but DocLarge wasn't wrong in suggesting NTFS partition ownership issue, however, Windows XP does not permit taking ownership of a folder over a network connection - too dangerous to do so. In addition, the Security tab is available to Windows XP Home Edition only when it is in Safe Mode and not in Normal mode - there is a way to get around this limitation, but it is somewhat off topic.

    Have you taken a look at the manual (download available from Linksys)? I refer to Chapter 6, on the topic of User Membership, with what membership(s) has it been configured?
  5. klingweiser

    klingweiser LI Guru Member

    I had this same issue and found that it had to do with Windows' attempt to be secure. Windows does not allow you to connect to the same resources (your NSLU2 in this case) with multiple usernames. What was happening in my case was that I would connect to a public share (my "failed" login was converted to a guest login) and Windows remembered this. Then I would try to connect to the admin share (entering the correct username/password) and Windows would tell me to go away (not in so many words though). Essentially it wass telling me that I couldn't connect to my NSLU2 as both guest and admin. What fixed the probem was to clear Windows' cache of resources by running:

    net use * /delete

    Then I could connect to the admin share with the admin user and password. I could also connect to the public shares since admin is allowed to access those shares.

  6. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    Thanks. That cures a common problem that I have; however, when you run "net use * /delete", it will delete any drive letters that you might have mapped to the NSLU2. I'm not sure how to stop that and still erase the "remembered" ID.
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