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Windows 7: File Sharing and restricting between multiple users on multiple PC's

10 Dec 2012   #1
graemed

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 
File Sharing and restricting between multiple users on multiple PC's

Hi,
My first post here.

My question is about how I can set permissions for the users on a network of 3 x computers that all have Windows 7 Home edition to share folders.

Heres what Ive got. Three computers, each have 2 x users. The 2 users are 1 x Manager (Admin rights) and 1 x employee (User rights). On one of the computers I have folders which Id like to share (read / write) with the managers, whilst there are only a few that Id like to share with the employees.

So basically I have all business data stored on PC1 and I want the manager login on PC2 and PC3 to be able to view these folders. Restricted access for the employees.

Is there anyway I can do this ? Ive been looking at Homegroups / Workgroups, but it seems I can either share with everyone or no-one.

If this is not possible, is there something I can do with an external hard drive or something else ? Or maybe I need a plan B ?

As a compromise, Id be prepared to do plan B.


Plan B would be:

PC1 has only 1 x user (Manager) and has all the data for the business in several folders.

PC2 has only 1 x user (Manager) and has access to ALL the folders on PC1

PC3 has only 1 user (Employee) and has access to a limited number of folders on PC1.

How would I plan B ?

Thanks in advance,

Graeme



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11 Dec 2012   #2
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

I'm not so sure about this working with Windows Home version because it's limited in certain areas like creating a Homegroup though it can join a Homegroup.

Here is the deal on separate shares for particular users. You need to add those users as standard accounts on which ever machine you need to set up the special shares for.

Once you add them to your machine as a standard user they will show up on the Share With list in the Homegroup permissions settings, at that point you can add them them and adjust the permissions as desired. It's really as simple as that.
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12 Dec 2012   #3
graemed

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Hi there Chev65,

Thanks for the reply. I'd just managed to get the share working yesterday by the method you mentioned. I created a Homegroup so that I could share the printer with all PC's, and did as you mentioned bu adding <username> <password> to the main PC - key thing being that I need to use the exact same <username> <password> on the other PC's.

Working a treat !!!

Thanks again,

Graeme
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12 Dec 2012   #4
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by graemed View Post
Hi there Chev65,

Thanks for the reply. I'd just managed to get the share working yesterday by the method you mentioned. I created a Homegroup so that I could share the printer with all PC's, and did as you mentioned bu adding <username> <password> to the main PC - key thing being that I need to use the exact same <username> <password> on the other PC's.

Working a treat !!!

Thanks again,

Graeme
I'm glad it worked, I personally never needed to use the same user name and password in order to set up shares or to access my other machines. I guess it depends on what you were trying to do.

I believe it's used as a method to prevent the log in prompt from appearing when you access folders or files on your other machines but password protected sharing can be turned off in the advanced sharing settings.
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