Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: How do I network drive to allow colleagues access to

07 Mar 2012   #1

 
How do I network drive to allow colleagues access to

OK, I want to set up a server so that I can allow multiple people access to it. Essentially it will be a file server, but I want to let people map it like a network drive over the internet. Can someone point me in the right direction so that I can at figure out how to set something like this up? I have even been having a hard time googleing the answers i want. Also I want to set up a login and permissions. I am assuming windows will be the best way to do this.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

07 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello,

How to configure a mapped drive is here:
XP: Map Network Drive - How to Map a Network Drive in Windows XP Using Windows Explorer

Windows 7: http://www.itechtalk.com/thread3673.html

Remember to check the share permissions on the File Server. What OS are you using for this? How many users is it for?


Dave
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Mar 2012   #3

 

looking to have a server for no more then 50 users on this setup. I have not chosen a OS yet, kinda wanted to get a little more information before i choose. Been having a hard time figuring out what i should be researching to accomplish this. Mostly the information i have been trying to figure out is how to set up a server and share it over the internet securely. I am about to being several large projects and need an easy way for everyone to collaborate, and this seems to the best option. If you can help point me in the right direction for the following topics i would be greatly apperciative.
- Which OS should I use?
- How can i set up a file server online i can map in windows xp, vista, 7

* Also i need to be able to set login permissions for this, which i am assuming i will do using active directory?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


08 Mar 2012   #4

Windows
 
 

I would look at Windows Home Server 2011 or Windows SBS if you want to set up a computer file server. Home server has the ability to share files and folders via a web browser login, not sure if you can map a drive with it. You can also easily set up user names and permissions to deny or permit various levels of access to files & folders.

If you look at NAS drives, most of them offer similar features and a collection of apps to make resources available over the net. If you set up WebDAV access, XP users can map to the network drive over the internet in 2 seconds. For Vista & 7 clients, they can map to the NAS with a free program like Netdrive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Windows Home Server 2011 isnt an option if its for a business network.

Windows SBS 2011 is very easy to configure - There is however a limitation of 75 Users for SBS.

Ideally, I think you would need a Windows 2008 Server - If you're not familier with Windows and Active Directory you will probably struggle to configure it correctly. If you are going to mapp drives over the internet then it maybe a good idea to get another Server for Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Server).

There are alot of things that you need to think about. Some are:
Do they have an existing setup or is it brand new?
How much file space is needed?
Do you need Exchange Server or another email program?
Do you need a Terminal Server or VPNs?
Backups - How are you going to backup?
Do you need a seperate Server for a File-Server?
Do you need secondary Domain controllers for resilience?

My suggestion is that you get an IT consultant to assess your situation and recommend a solution for you. If you dont have a basic understanding of Active Directory and Networking then you are going to seriously struggle.


Dave
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Mar 2012   #6

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave Atkin View Post
Windows Home Server 2011 isnt an option if its for a business network.

Windows SBS 2011 is very easy to configure - There is however a limitation of 75 Users for SBS.

Ideally, I think you would need a Windows 2008 Server - If you're not familier with Windows and Active Directory you will probably struggle to configure it correctly. If you are going to mapp drives over the internet then it maybe a good idea to get another Server for Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Server).

There are alot of things that you need to think about. Some are:
Do they have an existing setup or is it brand new?
How much file space is needed?
Do you need Exchange Server or another email program?
Do you need a Terminal Server or VPNs?
Backups - How are you going to backup?
Do you need a seperate Server for a File-Server?
Do you need secondary Domain controllers for resilience?

My suggestion is that you get an IT consultant to assess your situation and recommend a solution for you. If you dont have a basic understanding of Active Directory and Networking then you are going to seriously struggle.

Dave
Do they have an existing setup or is it brand new? New
How much file space is needed? 1-2 tb
Do you need Exchange Server or another email program? no
Do you need a Terminal Server or VPNs? I was thinking VPN for security
Backups - How are you going to backup? Raid 5 should be enough
Do you need a seperate Server for a File-Server? Looking to use this as a file server
Do you need secondary Domain controllers for resilience? Na

Talking to one guy today saying that VPN with a NAS would be the way to go for my situation. The point of this is to add a very simple to use network drive so me and my colleagues can share files easily.

I broke down what I am really looking for in my setup.

ability to control who can access it over the Internet
allow secure connection to it
allow the drive to be mapped like a network drive
ability to raid 5
no email, http access required
ability so assign permissions to certain users per folder (Dictate who can read/write/map certain folder)
maximum of 25 users online simultaneously

Things i would like:
allow access for windows, linux and possible mac user
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello,

RAID 5 isnt a good enough backup system. You will also want to look at Backup Software like Acronis to image the drives and then take it off site.

VPN's would be more secure but you would need a VPN capable router like a SonicWall or WatchGuard.

A VPN and NAS wont give you the ability of controlling the users on the network very well. Active Directory would give you all the control you need. You would be able to control who sees what by security groups or user based folder permissions.

You've dismissed the secondary domain controller. Just bare in mind that if the Server ever fails Users will not be able to log onto the network.

HTTP access required? Are you hosting a website? SBS 2011 comes with IIS. Personally I would put a busy website on its own server.

Max of 25 Users online simultaneously?

SBS 2011:
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

Windows Server 2008:
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Overview

Make sure that you know the two above products and their advantages / disadvantages.



Dave
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Mar 2012   #8

Windows
 
 

I'd disagree on a couple points Dave. Hell Bomb wasn't talking about setting up a domain, just a simple file sever with permissions. WHS & a NAS drive both allow for setting file sharing permissions for multiple users. I have both options running in offices with no problems.

Now if it's for a larger business that needs the extra options Server 2008 provides, that's different. But there is also more work, maintenance and knowledge required with Server 2008. RAID's not an issue, that's handled with the hardware. I do agree on needing a backup, both of which are included in the above options or by using 3rd party software as you mentioned.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Mar 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As always Fred, glad to have your input. .

In my opinion NAS Devices are great upto about 10 Users. After that you may want a more flexible system.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Mar 2012   #10

Windows
 
 

Point taken, Dave, since NAS drives don't all use the same OS.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 How do I network drive to allow colleagues access to




Thread Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: How do I network drive to allow colleagues access to
Thread Forum
Can't access 2nd drive over network on Win7 machine Network & Sharing
Windows cannot access network drive Network & Sharing
W7x32pro will access network drive but x64ult won't! Network & Sharing
Mapped network drive access Network & Sharing
can't access network drive Network & Sharing
Cannot access Network Drive Network & Sharing
Access network drive Network & Sharing

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:26 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33