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Network Folder Sharing????

by jivan13 / February 13, 2006 2:03 AM PST

We're running WinXPsp2 on all workstations. How do I share folders only with certain workstations. Do I need software or is it already there in XP. For example I wish to share folder A with workstations 1 - 6 on the network but folder B with only workstations 1 and 2.
I've searched the net for the answer without any success. Please can anyone help. Thx

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All or nothing
by joe_smith / February 13, 2006 2:15 AM PST

Windows file sharing is an all or nothing sort of proposition. Either everyone can see all shared folders, or you don't share any folders.

You can restrict access to certain folders but getting that to work with Windows file sharing can be problematic at best. I'd suggest something a bit more practical, like using FTP. Workstations 3-6 can have one login, and workstations 1 & 2 can have another login with a few additional folder options.

Best of all, if for some reason the people who use workstations 1 & 2 ever need to use 3-6, they can use the same login. And since FTP is a very old, very stable and very well understood protocol, getting help will be very easy, should you need it.

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No software solution???
by jivan13 / February 13, 2006 4:07 PM PST
In reply to: All or nothing

Thanks for the advice. Are there any software solutions that you know of that could do this. I also wish to share the colour printer with certain workstations.

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by joe_smith / February 13, 2006 8:28 PM PST

For a printer, you could always get a print server, and assign it a non-routeable address in the 10.x.x.x range. That would keep anyone who doesn't know the specific IP of that printer from being able to print to it. It also would fail to show up in any scans for printers attached to systems. The real bonus to print servers, is that it decouples the printer from the computer. You can have the printer anywhere there's an electrical outlet and a network jack (or a wireless signal in the case of wireless print servers).

But the way Windows was designed, any time security got in the way of usability, security took a back seat. The only effectual place to implement such controls is in the operating system itself, and only Microsoft can do that.

There is a SMALL chance you could do this if you used a Linux box with SAMBA as the file server. I wouldn't get your hopes up though, because often times all behaviors are mimicked for compatibility. Still, it can't hurt to browse through the SAMBA documentation online to see:

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