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Windows 7: Shared Libraries (again) - CAN be done via Homegroups

07 Apr 2009   #1

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
Shared Libraries (again) - CAN be done via Homegroups

Hi all

I think I posted a little inaccuracy earlier about "Shared Libraries" across a Network.

I wrongly said it couldn't be done. -- Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa .... etc.

It actually CAN be done but it's not straightforward.

You have to create a HOMEGROUP (finally found a use for Homegroups) and then you can share the library with members of the Homegroup. Of course this will (currently) only work for Windows 7 connected network machines.

To share the library just click the Share With option in the explorer bar.

Mind you the Homegroups is still a little bit quirky but its a start.

Enc screenshot.

Tip - once you've set it up using the default generated password then you can change the password by going into control panel, chosing home network and change password.

Note that on the computer that wants to access the shared Library (for example your laptop wants to access a library on a desktop computer on a LAN) the shared library will appear under Home network and not under Libraries.

There's still a restriction in that you can only have ONE home network so it's still not really suitable for corporate use where you could define say "subsets of a networks" with different libraries shareable to different projects. Better than nothing however.


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