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help on securing files and data!

by Usaf Khan / July 16, 2007 9:53 PM PDT

Hi, I am trying to make my windows file sharing secure for my small business. I have 10 systems an I do not want to install active directory and spend hours of time trying to manage. The default sharing in windows seems to be unsecured. Any client can connect to my share or printer. Enabling user name and password and modifying acls is lot of work and complex for my small business. any suggestions?


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Reality? AD is the answer here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 17, 2007 12:49 AM PDT

To use the native methods of file and permissions you have to run to each machine and create accounts on each one. Let's say you have 20 machines and users. That's 20 accounts to be created on 20 machines or 400 times through the User management tools.

How could AD be worse than this?


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your question
by gobabu / July 20, 2007 5:28 AM PDT

I ran into ZASystems ZAShare, I have download their trial version and it seems to password protect my folder shares and printers and does lot more like hide and block any files from folder share . It is very easy to use. I am trying to figure out if I should buy it. There price seems to be on lower side (34.95 per copy) considering the functionality they provide. My question, has anyone tried their products and your thoughts?


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 20, 2007 1:30 PM PDT
In reply to: your question

Why would I use that since NTFS already has owner, permissions and more?

I can only think they do well since some admin (IT?) don't want to learn NTFS permissions.


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Thanks everyone!
by Usaf Khan / August 2, 2007 4:06 AM PDT

I have purchased ZAShare and I am able to share by contacts and calendar with others in the office. We don't have exchange server so we couldn't do it before. Now, we can share our contacts.

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