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Windows 7: Best way to share with permissions? Windows 7 HomePremium


17 Feb 2012   #1

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Best way to share with permissions? Windows 7 HomePremium

Hello..In a little of a jam here...
I have 4 computers running windows 7 home premium in the same workgroup sharing files...
I want one computer to be a "server" and store the important files
I want one computer to be the "administrator"
And the rest will be just regular users...

My target - when a user access the shared folder in the "server", I want them to have to request permission from the "administrator" to gain access to read/write any files in the "server"....

Sort of like a UAC prompt message to the administrator PC, where I can allow or deny permission.

Someone mentioned using Sharepoint, but not sure about that route yet..
Is there any procedure to accomplish this? Whether it be using 2008server..7 ultimate...XP.. etc
Please help
Thanks !!


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18 Feb 2012   #2

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5 Different fourms.. and can never get an answer... =/
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19 Feb 2012   #3

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Sure, you could use a server OS with Active Directory for permissions, that's what they're designed for. Depends on your needs and whether you want to spend the $$ for a server OS & hardware. You could also use basic password protected file sharing on the system you're using now.

Using an office setting as an example. If you want 2 levels of access to the Win 7 "server" : Create 2 different user accounts on the Win 7 box, something like USERS & ADMIN. Give the Users & Admin accounts different passwords. If you have a bunch of office staff that will all have permission to the same files or a folder, you set those permissions to allow "User" access with the assigned password. When that person connects to the server from their machine, they enter "User" as the username and whatever password you assigned.

If you do the same for Admin with a different password, you'll create another level of security for people you want to give "Admin" access to. The other option is to add all of your client usernames as users on the server with their existing passwords.
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20 Feb 2012   #4

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First off, really appreciate the time taken to answer, you're the first after a week or so searching and plotting.
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Sure, you could use a server OS with Active Directory for permissions, that's what they're designed for. Depends on your needs and whether you want to spend the $$ for a server OS & hardware.
I wouldn't mind using an actual server, only thing is - we're pretty small.. like 4 people small. But it's my last resort.

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You could also use basic password protected file sharing on the system you're using now.

Using an office setting as an example. If you want 2 levels of access to the Win 7 "server" : Create 2 different user accounts on the Win 7 box, something like USERS & ADMIN. Give the Users & Admin accounts different passwords. If you have a bunch of office staff that will all have permission to the same files or a folder, you set those permissions to allow "User" access with the assigned password. When that person connects to the server from their machine, they enter "User" as the username and whatever password you assigned.

If you do the same for Admin with a different password, you'll create another level of security for people you want to give "Admin" access to.
This is a pretty good solution around using AD for permissions.. only thing is my client wants the option to allow certain shared files to be read/write when requested by the staff... which wouldn't work with two different passwords unless they physically get up and enter the password on their computer... But I think I'll just use the latter solution and have them enter the password through LogMeIn, since they're getting comfortable using it from home..

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The other option is to add all of your client usernames as users on the server with their existing passwords.
You mean on the Windows 7 "server" os? So, I can add let's say.. the credentials from the front desk pc - USER: DESK1 PASS: 123456 - as an identical user/pass on the Windows 7 "server" pc and give that user certain access... and that user should be able to access without inputting any logon credentials?

feel free to post any other advice... I check back all forums often..
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20 Feb 2012   #5

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Ceesol, I use the above method in some smaller offices where they are using a regular desktop PC as a file server and it works fine. It saves on the expense of an actual Windows server OS. Software for sever operating systems is also more expensive.

If you have 4 users in the office you could create each of their user accounts on your file server. You would make them Standard users (not administrators) and give them the same passwords they use on their PCs.

Next you would create your shares and there are several ways to do it depending on who needs access to what. Example: You could share a folder with everyone called "Share" then add additional files or folders within the "Share" folder. Right click on those files or folders and select the users who you want to give access to the files. Then choose whether they can read or read & write to the file.

Password protected File Sharing needs to be turned on for all PCs. You can test access from each computer to make sure one user can't see another user's files.


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You mean on the Windows 7 "server" os? So, I can add let's say.. the credentials from the front desk pc - USER: DESK1 PASS: 123456 - as an identical user/pass on the Windows 7 "server" pc and give that user certain access... and that user should be able to access without inputting any logon credentials?
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