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Windows 7: Share Folders on Win7-ULT32 with users SELECTIVELY

15 Apr 2010   #1
TrumanHW

Windows 7
 
 
Share Folders on Win7-ULT32 with users SELECTIVELY

So, I decided to build a server because all NAS solutions are expensive if they're decent, and some of the decent ones (QNAP 439pro) USES the intel ICH10r !!! The one thing I do NOT have with my server solution is the ability to choose which users have access to which folders. The HomeGroup sharing is really cool; and things like my media are ideal to give full read access to. However, I'd really like to be able to enable my friends to each have their own, password protected folders. Obviously, as the admin I could violate their privacy, but I'd like to be the only person they're all trusting.

I'm having a really hard time finding a way to give selective access. Am I retarded? Am i missing something?

Is the only way through homegroup or to just create user accounts? And if only through user accounts.. how do I restrict them from modifying (read/write as opposed to read only). Can multiple accounts be logged in simultaneously?

I do realize I'm kinda network clueless. Thanks for your help.. and even if its just to say you don't think I have a solution, please chime in.


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15 Apr 2010   #2
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

You should be able to edit the permissions of each folder and allow for different computers and/or users to access each folder.

Shared Folder Permissions
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15 Apr 2010   #3
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

You should use something like "Freenas" or "OpenFiler" or something similar...

zzz2496
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15 Apr 2010   #4
TrumanHW

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
You should be able to edit the permissions of each folder and allow for different computers and/or users to access each folder.

Shared Folder Permissions
Okay.. and different user-name/passwords for each folder?
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15 Apr 2010   #5
TrumanHW

Windows 7
 
 

Actually - excuse me notsogray.. I get what you're saying.

But - simultaneous login is possible as well with that method?
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15 Apr 2010   #6
TrumanHW

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zzz2496 View Post
You should use something like "Freenas" or "OpenFiler" or something similar...

zzz2496
Thats a good suggestion except it makes it to where I can't use my i7 + 5770 for anything fun. I had a hard time with Ubuntu actually.. and only made things work by copying and pasting other peoples solutions. I had no way of knowing what risks I took -- of course, the 'community' are generally good people.. but I think win7 can be made to work. Plus, I want to learn this.

:-)
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15 Apr 2010   #7
TrumanHW

Windows 7
 
 

And... if a person for whom I've made an account in order to share a folder, would there be a way to disable them from logging in? And if not, I'm assuming they only have access to

the folder I shared
desktop
my documents
and public..?

thanks. :-)
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15 Apr 2010   #8
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

IIRC, any Windows client can only be connected by 5 other clients at any given time... If you want to serve files, you'd better use Windows server (and spend more money on CALs)... I suggest you built a cheap computer, preferably Intel vPro capable as a "File Server", and put a real server OS in it, and offload your i7 for "personal fun"...

zzz2496
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15 Apr 2010   #9
TrumanHW

Windows 7
 
 

Interesting. So the quota they state (20) is not "real-world" ..? Regardless, 5 is adequate by far for me... and as far as using a different computer for it to spare my i7... why not just be consolidated?
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15 Apr 2010   #10
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TrumanHW View Post
So, I decided to build a server because all NAS solutions are expensive if they're decent, and some of the decent ones (QNAP 439pro) USES the intel ICH10r !!! The one thing I do NOT have with my server solution is the ability to choose which users have access to which folders. The HomeGroup sharing is really cool; and things like my media are ideal to give full read access to. However, I'd really like to be able to enable my friends to each have their own, password protected folders. Obviously, as the admin I could violate their privacy, but I'd like to be the only person they're all trusting.

I'm having a really hard time finding a way to give selective access. Am I retarded? Am i missing something?

Is the only way through homegroup or to just create user accounts? And if only through user accounts.. how do I restrict them from modifying (read/write as opposed to read only). Can multiple accounts be logged in simultaneously?

I do realize I'm kinda network clueless. Thanks for your help.. and even if its just to say you don't think I have a solution, please chime in.
Go to...

Control Panel -> Network and Sharing -> Advanced Sharing ->
Turn OFF public folder sharing
Turn ON "Use usernames and passwords to access other computers"

Now you need to set up individual shared folders by right clicking the folder, select sharing and create your file share...

To give different users, different permissions, select Advanced Sharing instead and you can add their usernames and adjust their permissions in the resulting dialog.

Only one "gotcha" in this... to access a computer, the user has to have an account name and password that exists on the TARGET computer... So if you want permissions tied to each user... you'll have to give them all accounts on the server (and other computers if they're going to access them as well).
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