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Windows 7: A login server

18 May 2011   #1
Jades

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
A login server

I want to setup a login server with 3 computers at home so I can access my data from anywhere amongst those computers. They all run Windows 7 and we share the same wireless network point in fact there all laptops. How would I go about setting up a wireless network over my home internet so I can login and access my data from the computers. I would like it like my school setup where we can store data and no one else can access it and it to be available in Windows network and the login screen login using certain credentials.


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18 May 2011   #2
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Hi Jades,
Welcome to Seven Forums.

Your School will be set up on a Domain which will be a little overkill and more difficult to set up at home however, there are alternatives.

You can set up a home group:

Homegroup - Create

Homegroup - Add Computer or Join

This guide will help you set permissions on folders:
Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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18 May 2011   #3
Jades

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It is, I really wanted a domain because a homegroup you can't login to but I guess it will do but then I don't want my other family members to have access
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18 May 2011   #4
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

In order to set a domain up, you would need to get a dedicated server machine (or a PC powerful enough) and then install a server OS on it, after this you would then need to configure/set up the domain.

In Short...
I have got 3 PC's and 2 laptops.

1 of the PC's is 'acting' like a server (it is not a server and does not have a server OS on) I simply used this as a file share. All other PC's / Laptops connect to it via a UNC path or they have the UNC path saved as a short cut.

The only thing I haven't done is set file permissions on folders but the above guide will show you how this is done.

The reason I do this is because I then only have 1 PC to backup and all media/work is backed up, if 1 of my other PC's or Laptops die then I haven't lost any data

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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18 May 2011   #5
Jades

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Would I be able to dual-boot Windows 7 and Windows server 2008?
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18 May 2011   #6
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Providing Windows Server 2008 is running all the time then I'm sure that could be setup although i personally wouldn't advise setting a domain up (I'm thinking there will be a little more to it than installing the OS though) If that is ever down you won't be able to login (unless you have a cached profile) but either way you wouldn't have access to the data until started up again.

I have never actually configured a domain from scratch so I'm afraid that I won't be able to help configure it but someone here maybe able too.

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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18 May 2011   #7
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Can I just ask, what is the main goal from this?

A centralised storage space (Such as a file server)?
Just simply a logon server?

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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18 May 2011   #8
Jades

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

A logon server that I can use to login to my account on another computer.
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18 May 2011   #9
Jades

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

And it doesn't matter, is there any ways to set folder permissions on homegroup folders like entering a password before viewing them but on my own PC I won't have to enter a password?
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18 May 2011   #10
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jades View Post
A logon server that I can use to login to my account on another computer.
I think in this case you are still after a filer server due to the fact that when you login you still need to access your data from somewhere.

This is where the Homegroup helps, as far as logging on other computers you would just need to create an account on the other computers.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jades View Post
And it doesn't matter, is there any ways to set folder permissions on homegroup folders like entering a password before viewing them but on my own PC I won't have to enter a password?
You can set folder permissions however it doesn't work by asking for a password when accessing the file, you set permissions on the folder to allows users access to it - Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

There maybe some 3rd party software that can do this.

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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