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by Steve Wiseman on July 21, 2011 · 10 comments

in Command Line,Microsoft


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We have a fax server here that drops all of its incoming faxes to a shared folder. Unfortunately, because of the way it was designed it cannot be joined to our local domain.

This means it has its own local account, and every time I reboot a username and password has to be entered to access it.

Cache Windows Share Passwords

I wanted to find a way to allow me to access the drive without having to enter a username and password.

After some searching, I found a command line tool built into Windows that will do this:

cmdkey

This will allow you to store multiple username and password combinations for different network resources, while keeping them encrypted in the registry.

So, in my case I have a fax server on 10.10.27.231, and its username is fax, the password is fax.

To add it to Windows simply type this at the command line:

cmdkey /add:10.10.27.231 /user:fax /pass:fax

If you wanted to remove it from the cache, you would call it like this:

cmdkey /delete:10.10.27.231

Also, you can get a list of the currently remembered ones like this:

cmdkey /list

A simple command line tool, but saves you the aggravation of typing that in every time you reboot – Nice.

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1 David Chang July 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm

What about Windows XP. I typed this at the command line and notice that it does not recognize the command.

2 Steve Wiseman July 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Hello David,

I did a quick check and you are correct – it is not in Windows XP. I believe if you can find a Windows 2003 server machine you can copy it from c:\windows\system32\cmdkey.exe

Have not had time to test and see if it works under XP.

3 Inger Paul July 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Thanks for the tip steve. Timely post since I was looking for something just like this. I have a document server that are users access all the time, and I don’t want to give the password out but at the same time they need read-only access. This is the perfect solution. Just wish the doc server could just be on the domain!

4 Jen July 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Thanks for the article Steve. Always appreicate them :)

5 Steve Wiseman July 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Glad to hear it Inger

6 Steve Wiseman July 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm

No problem Jen.

7 Morten Madsen August 16, 2011 at 4:18 am

Thanks for the article Steve. :-)

8 Trevor June 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I have a Windows 8 machine that has to login to the Windows 2003 server every time they restart their machine. Would I run this on the server or the client machine?

9 Steve Wiseman June 21, 2013 at 1:10 am

You would need to run this on the client machine…not sure if it works with Windows 8, but I think it will.

10 sam April 9, 2014 at 1:05 am

cmdkey.exe not found in xp. Where can I found cmdkey.exe ?

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