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12 Oct 2011   #1
Saintor

Win Pro 7 32-bit
 
 
Homegroup using "share with"; can you add a specific user from...

... another computer? "Share with" seems to recognize only local users. Is using "credentials" the key? If so I would need guidance here.

I want to share my documents with myself only on my other computers. What is the best way to achieve this. Homegroup or something else?


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12 Oct 2011   #2
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

You can share with specific users if you create each of those accounts on each PC.
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12 Oct 2011   #3
TanyaC

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saintor View Post
... another computer? "Share with" seems to recognize only local users. Is using "credentials" the key? If so I would need guidance here.

I want to share my documents with myself only on my other computers. What is the best way to achieve this. Homegroup or something else?
Might be worth reading this if you have not already.
Homegroup - Add Computer or Join

There' also a good tutorial on sharing with passwords in the tutorials section.

Have a read of those and see if you still have more questions.

But the bottom line is, what you want to do is easily achievable and can be set up securely so that only you can access your stuff from other computers.

hth
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12 Oct 2011   #4
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Best thing is not to use Homegroup, just share the folders you want the old fashion way, as per what Daryl said.
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13 Oct 2011   #5
Saintor

Win Pro 7 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht View Post
You can share with specific users if you create each of those accounts on each PC.
I wish it was so simple; It doesn't work for me.

I have all 3 computer linked with the same homegroup password. All of them have an user account "Saintor"

In the Homegroup setting, "Share all libraries and printers" is selected.

I have in my libraries various directories, all of them are "share with" specific people ("Saintor").

I still can't access libraries from another computer.

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Best thing is not to use Homegroup, just share the folders you want the old fashion way, as per what Daryl said.
The problem is about security; it is everyone or nothing. I can not select a specific computer/user.
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13 Oct 2011   #6
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

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Best thing is not to use Homegroup, just share the folders you want the old fashion way, as per what Daryl said.
The problem is about security; it is everyone or nothing. I can not select a specific computer/user.
Mate, if you want security Homegroup is the wrong path i recon. Doing it the old fashion way you can decide exactly who can access what.
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14 Oct 2011   #7
Saintor

Win Pro 7 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
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Best thing is not to use Homegroup, just share the folders you want the old fashion way, as per what Daryl said.
The problem is about security; it is everyone or nothing. I can not select a specific computer/user.
Mate, if you want security Homegroup is the wrong path i recon. Doing it the old fashion way you can decide exactly who can access what.
I have the same issue if I go in the security tab; I can't select a specific user from other computers.
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15 Oct 2011   #8
tekeek

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
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How to create a Homegroup and allow a more secure setup!

My issue was I wanted to continue using Homegroup but limit specific folders/files, say in My Documents, other users where allowed to see or not see.

1. Create a Homegroup and join as usual.
2. Create an account on each system for each user you want to allow access.
3. Via Control Panel
  • Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings
    1. Click the chevron to expand the Home or Work network profile.
    2. Under HomeGroup connections, click Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers, and then click Save changes.
You will be required to log off/log on. But that's it. You have the HomeGroup and can specify which users have access to the folders. The key though to initially view the files via the home group you will have to access the computer via Network and enter the log-in credentials to view what you have access to.
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15 Oct 2011   #9
Saintor

Win Pro 7 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tekeek View Post
    1. Under HomeGroup connections, click Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers, and then click Save changes.
You are the King. It works as advertised. I can't believe that it is not more of a common knowledge.

Thank you so much.
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16 Oct 2011   #10
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tekeek View Post
How to create a Homegroup and allow a more secure setup!

My issue was I wanted to continue using Homegroup but limit specific folders/files, say in My Documents, other users where allowed to see or not see.

1. Create a Homegroup and join as usual.
2. Create an account on each system for each user you want to allow access.

3. Via Control Panel
  • Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings
    1. Click the chevron to expand the Home or Work network profile.
    2. Under HomeGroup connections, click Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers, and then click Save changes.
You will be required to log off/log on. But that's it. You have the HomeGroup and can specify which users have access to the folders. The key though to initially view the files via the home group you will have to access the computer via Network and enter the log-in credentials to view what you have access to.
This is what I was getting to in post #2... but it wasnt a knock against Homegroup as some others here stated!

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You can share with specific users if you create each of those accounts on each PC.
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