Can I use Windows user accounts?
Yes. BadBlue lets you define users in one of two ways:
> Using the Manage >> Define users menu
> Letting Windows 2000, XP, etc. manage users for you
The Manage >> Define users menu lets you
create user-names and passwords which you can distribute to
colleagues and/or friends.
[New feature] BadBlue will also automatically recognize
users defined in your Windows system. That means you can add
users through your standard Windows administration tools and
reference their login-names in the
Password-protection management area.
How can I define users in Windows?
Depending upon the version of Windows, you can define users through:
> Control Panel >> Users (or User Accounts)
> Microsoft Management Console's Local Users and Groups snap-in
> Microsoft Management Console's Active Directory Users snap-in
BadBlue will automatically recognize Windows users as valid accounts
for use of the server, if you've decided to
password-protect certain folders
Do certain Windows accounts have special power in BadBlue?
No. Even the Windows administrator account or other "high-powered"
accounts only receives the level of access that you've defined
in the Manage >> Password-protect files area.
Windows accounts do not receive any extra capabilities or powers
in BadBlue, other than what you define using the Manage tab.
How do I use Windows accounts in BadBlue?From the Manage tab, select
On the password-protection page, select the shared folder
or file for which authentication will be required;
then specify the Windows login names for users who will
be permitted to access the shared area. You can specify
multiple user names, separating each name with a comma, such as
marcia,joe,fred. You can also leave the Specify
Users area blank, in which case any authenticated user
can access the content.
Once you've selected the shared area and specified users,
Require user authentication button
to add it to the controlled access list.
A user attempting to access the folder or file will be required
to authenticate using the appropriate user account (i.g., a user login name
and password). The account will be verified against both
the manually defined user list and against
Windows to determine whether the login name and password are valid.
Why can't my users log-on using my Windows accounts?
Windows user account integration requires Windows 2000 or higher (e.g.,
Windows XP, etc.). If you are running versions of Windows older than
2000, then your Windows accounts can not be used with BadBlue.
If your users are having problems logging in using your
Windows 2000 or XP accounts,
follow these steps to troubleshoot the problem:
1) Open the Windows Event Log's Application window:
Start >> Performance and Maintenance >> Administrative Tools >> Event Viewer
||Start >> Settings >> Control Panel >> Administrative Tools >> Event Viewer
||Start >> Programs >> Administrative Tools (Common) >> Event Viewer
2) Check the messages marked BadBlue and/or EXT (BadBlue's
extension library) for errors. For example, an Error 5 is a Windows
error indicating Access Denied. Most problems logging on to Windows
from an external program like BadBlue are related to "Access Denied" errors
in which the program does not have the right privileges to even perform a log-on
3) To log-on to the system, the account under which you are running BadBlue must have the privilege
called "Act as part of the Operating System". If you are running interactively, then your account must have
this right. If you are running BadBlue as a Windows service, make sure
that the services control panel is running as the proper account.
4) To give an account the proper privileges, you can modify the local security policies;
the "Act as part of the operating system" privilege is listed under
"user policies" and can be granted to groups of users.
5) Make sure that the account running BadBlue is in the proper group to
receive the privilege.
Once BadBlue is able to log-on Windows users, you should not see error messages in the
Event log related to user authentication.