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Windows 7: Password protect network share folder?

09 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Password protect network share folder?

I can't seem to find a sleek easy way of doing this that works with windows 7. I haven't been successful with finding anything that pertains to windows 7 since most guides online are outdated.

I just want to have a folder shared on my main desktop "DAN-PC"
let's just give it the name \\dan-pc\locked

I need to make it so I can access it from my laptop when I am on the network, but I don't want it to be accessible by anyone else. In fact I'd prefer it'd be hidden also. However, if there is a program or some workaround to get it password protected, that'd be wonderful. I thought I had the knowhow to do this, but I have been unsuccessful and I've been getting frustrated with this, since everything I try doesn't work out. Too many things have been changed on the sharing side of things on 7 for me to figure this out.

--So basically. DAN-MOBILE needs access to \\dan-pc\locked somehow. And if possible, the folder needs to be hidden, yet still obtainable through typing in the address in the address bar.


thanks

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09 Feb 2010   #2
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Hidden would mean you put the $ at the end of the sharename.

In the Permissions tab, remove Everyone and add just the account you want to used to access that share. Give that account Full Control. See how you go.
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09 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Thank you, for the hidden part.

I'm not entirely sure how to add my laptop as a user on my desktop.

When I remove everyone, what name do I use to add my laptop? I don't have any other logins on my desktop other than "dan" and my computer name is dan-pc

My laptop has the same login name "dan" but my computer name is dan-mobile.

Do I add "dan-mobile" as a user on my desktop? I know this is sort of a stupid question, but I honestly don't do this often.
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09 Feb 2010   #4
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

You would put in the useraccount you use to log onto the desktop with. I assume you are using an account with admin right? This would be Dan ?

From your laptop, if you map to the sharename$, you would be prompted to enter id and password. This would the the id and password u used to log onto the desktop with, ie the account you have added.

For added surity, in the Security tab, add this same useraccount there also.

You don't need to add nothing else on the desktop share.
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09 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I somewhat understand, but when I try to access the folder, I'm not prompted with a login but a "windows cannot access \\dan-pc\sharename. contact your administrator to request access.

When you said to put the useraccount that i login to my desktop with, I didn't quite understand what you meant. Am I entering this in my users or using this on the prompt and which computer.

I apologize for not understanding this entirely.
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09 Feb 2010   #6
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Are you able to ping dan-pc from the current machine? This is all important.

When you are physically at the desktop, what account do you use to log on with? This is the account you would add to the share permission and security. It is also this account that when you map to the share from the non-desktop machines, that you put in when asked to do so (little box that appears).

Try using the ip adress of dan-pc.

\\ipaddress\sharename$
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09 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I know they can ping each other and everything, I'm just using a vnc to control the desktop from up here. All the shares that are open to everyone work fine.

For whatever reason, typing in \\192.168.1.100\sharename$ lets me right in no questions asked

while going through \\dan-pc\sharename$ will just give me a window that says I am not allowed to access this folder even though it's the same folder I just accessed a second ago.

So technically, it works. I'm just not sure why not the easy way. I have the desktop on a static IP so I guess I can just keep this the same since it won't change. It just would have been nice to have the address the other way. I must be doing something wrong still.

The reason I was confused is that both my laptop and desktop have the same user name already, so I couldn't really add them on my user lists, since they have the same login. "dan"

Thank you for walking me through this however. :]
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09 Feb 2010   #8
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Check in your LAN Properties, under TCP/IPv4 that you have Enabled NetBios over TCP/IP.
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12 Feb 2010   #9
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

I gathered this is solved given by the rep you gave?
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12 Feb 2010   #10

 

Just sounds like a SID and/or NAT issue. Since you're using technically the "user name" the system will then authenticate to it's SID, it sees the different SID and views your user name as a spoof. Since you're unable to UNC into the "machine name", it sounds like a DNS or NAT issue. The Everyone group should remove this issue, however you've already said you don't with to allow everyone. Due to that fact, I would suggest using a different user name for folder access. This will prompt a UN/PW prompt, but unless you use the 'everyone' group it's setup to do this in a "workgroup" environment.
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