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Windows 7: Create Completly 'Open' Network Between Win7, Vista & X

05 Nov 2009   #11


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
You will need to take ownership and add the everyone group to the NTFS permissions for the whole drive in addition to the sharing permissions.

The adding of everyone to the complete system drive is difficult due to the additional security in Windows 7.

The security is set on certain areas so that even the administrators do not have full rights, and there is actually use of deny permissions, on links, which complicate matters.

I would always suggest that you only share the minimum areas that you need to work as changing global permissions may cause unexpected results on the sharing machine
How do I get to NTFS permissions. Where are these settings? I would like to share the whole drive(s) on multiple computers.

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05 Nov 2009   #12

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu

There is a link to the NTFS permissions in the advanced sharing dialogue but the permissions are best manipulated from within explorer via the security Tab on the properties right click menu of each folder or file.

You can add and remove permissions from the normal security dialogue and there is an advanced set of tools available.

To share a DVD drive for example you need to right click and share the drive as something other than the default (eg. d$) with everyone and also set the NTFS permissions for everyone
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05 Nov 2009   #13


OK, here is what it is doing. I can share an individual directory on a Win7 machine, but not a hardrive Also, even though I have password protection set to 'OFF' I still get prompted for it from the XP computers, but not the Vista computers. Wacky?

So, I have multiple hardrives with hundreds of directorys and would have to share each one individually. Crazy. There must be a way around this. I'm not an IT guy, I just need access to about 9 hardrives. Why is this so difficult.
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05 Nov 2009   #14

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu

The default with a permissions setting is to "cascade" down to all lower levels although this can sometimes become confused. There is an advanced option to apply permissions to all folders beneath the current one for these occasions.

It should be possible to share a data drive without issues. Log in as an admin and take ownership of the complete drive (advanced permissions dialogue), and then add full control for the everyone user group. This should cascade down to all items on the drive.

If you want to be sure that the folders are treated as the public folders the best way would be to check the actual permissions on he public folders and duplicate these on the folders you wish to share. I believe that the "interactive" user my need to be included to allow network use
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08 Nov 2009   #15


I figured it out. Finally!!!!!

OK, this is the problem: I had ownership of the drive on the local machine, but that is not enough. I had to give "everyone" ownership of the drive for other computers to access it. That means logging-in through the network from another machine to the Win7 computer, you have ownership as "everyone" and therefore, permission to access the drive.

So, here is what I did. Right click on the hardrive from windows explorer. Go to properties. Click on Security. Click edit. Add "everyone" to the group and assign the permissions you want. Then go to sharing and share the drive as you would normally. The root of the drive will now be accessible over the network.

I understand it now, but this is very poorly explained in every document I read. I spent hour researching this and can't understand why MS has made it so diffucult to share a drive over a network. Totally absurd.
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08 Nov 2009   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

If you create identical users on each machine, and then add the users group to the drive (or whatever it is you want to share), then all authenticated users will have access. I'm curious - in the advanced sharing options, do you have password protected sharing enabled?
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08 Nov 2009   #17


I have password protected sharing 'off'.
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16 Nov 2009   #18

Win 7 RTM 7600 Ultimate 64-bit

I've found success using the information presented here to network XP, Vista, and Win7 computers: How to make Windows 7 work with older Windows versions for networking and file sharing.
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