best way to centralize users account & files

Dell / Precision workstation 670
November 18, 2010 at 15:18:21
Specs: Windows XP, 3.192 GHz / 3326 MB
I have four computers on my network and accessing files peer to peer just isn't working for me any more. What I need to do is be able to access my user acct from any computer without having to lock it so the kids can still use it to watch a movie or play games. I've thought of implementing a virtual server but the os's seem so difficult to configure. Does anyone know of a program that would work to centralise my user accts and files?

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November 18, 2010 at 16:07:37
set one computer as the "server"
setup a share only your account has access to on this server
store everything here.
set it so you and administrator [you always want a backup access account] have access to it

concerning the kids
make limited user accounts on every pc except the server for each one of them.
set their password to what you want, and never to expire.
now they can get on anytime they want without your intervention

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November 18, 2010 at 16:54:45
Hey, When you say "make one the server" am I changing the os or still using xp? Right now the computers are all in a workgroup and all the files are shared .Security really isn't the issue as most of the data is music and movies etc. however it seems to me that I always have to stop or close something or interrupt the movies or game to accomplish some trivial task. one computer is using the tv as the monitor so I cant use that one if anybody is watching tv and at this point that's where the data is (2 x 250g hdd) I can use the data everywhere else but the apps and other thing stay with the desktop, short of setting up user accts for me and the kids on all computers and installing all apps in each profile is there a better way? also the way it is now I can only check email in one place or it gets everywhere

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