Microsoft, you lost me

by Volker Weber

I have been using Windows since version 1. I was around when you introduced Windows for Workgroups. I know a thing or two about networking. But I cannot figure out how to log into my ReadyNAS from Windows 8.1. I am pretty sure Google knows, but how the hell did you mess everything up with each new release?


Serious? Tried it with my ReadyNAS from Windows Server 2012R2 'cause I don't have 8.1:

Windows+'r' -> Run-Window

\\readynas-name + Enter

Comes up with username/password dialog.

Username: userx
Password: passx

Error as shown: local-pc-name\userx -> Username or password is wrong.

Second try.

Username: readynas-name\userx
Password: passx

Done. Maybe this works for you too.

Richard Kaufmann, 2015-01-10

Thank you. Yes, that did work.

Any idea how I am supposed to do it from the Modern UI or Explorer? Yes, I have been on the Mac with its convenient "Connect As" for more than 10 years now.

Volker Weber, 2015-01-10

The Aero UI is such a train wreck that I haven't used Windows since 8 was released. We're on 7 at the office (and will be for the foreseeable future) and MacOS is functional enough for me to work at home.

As with your experience, I found seemingly simple things made incredibly opaque with Aero.

Eric Hancock, 2015-01-10

...and the really funny thing, I should mention, is that *I write Windows software for a living.*

Eric Hancock, 2015-01-10

In Explorer adress bar entering \\readynas-name + Enter shows the available shares and asks immediately for credentials if I try to access one of them. As mentioned by Richard, entering the credentials with readynas-name\userx does the trick and there is a tickbox to store the credentials. Same for \\readynas-name\share-name + Enter.

Or like in the "good" old days you attach a drive letter to the ready nas share what also provides the credential field including "connect as"

Sven Semel, 2015-01-10

I assume you mean Windows Explorer, with that you can just enter
in the Windows Explorer address bar. Same thing as with the Run window.

Daniel Haferkorn, 2015-01-10

Thanks, Sven and Daniel. Looks like I wasn't specific enough.

When I am not logged in, I can see the server. When I open the icon, I am a guest user. How do I switch to an authenticated user. No \\.

Volker Weber, 2015-01-10

Quick fix is to attach a drive letter in Explorer. This provides the opportunity to connect with a different user.

But what about disabling guest access on the readynas for the relevant share? That would force Win 8 to ask for credentials.

Sven Semel, 2015-01-10

That would be wagging the dog.

Volker Weber, 2015-01-10

Oh sorry, I see your problem now. :)
But alas, I don't have anything else to offer that Sven hasn't already written.

Daniel Haferkorn, 2015-01-10

Sure Volker, just a suggestion ;-) So the drive letter solution seems to be the way to go. Not the most elegant way but hey that's Windows - who expects elegance there?

Sven Semel, 2015-01-10

You can use 'net use' by doing a 'net use \\readynas-name\share /dele' and then reattaching with 'net use \\readynas-name\share /user:username password'

Need to do this every day in the office; if there is an easier way let me know :-)

Gerhard Poul, 2015-01-11

Hallo Volker,

du kannst auch vorgeben das sich Windows bei dem NAS immer mit einem bestimmten Benutzer anmeldet dazu einfach:
In die "Benutzerkonten" gehen
"Eigene Anmeldeinformationen verwalten" auswählen
Windows Anmeldeinformatioen
Dort nun das ReadyNAS einträgen über Windows-Anmeldeinformationen hinzufügen

Benutzername: ReadyNAS\admin
Passwort: passwort

Der Benutzer wird dann automatisch genommen wenn du dich am NAS verbindest.

Joachim Becker, 2015-01-12

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