Selective access to shares on a workgroup

August 4, 2011 at 15:22:42
Specs: Windows 7, PCLinux, 2b2.4 / 4G
Hi guys,

Is there any way to limit access to shares on a workgroup? I've found that Win7 Home Premium either shares with Everyone, or with no one. I'm getting a lot of illogical behavior, such as demands for log ins when share passwording is turned off. But I don't mind having to log in, even though I cloned accounts across machines. I just want to be able to let some machines see the shares, and others, not.

I also tried TrueCrypt, but that doesn't do what I want either.


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#1
August 5, 2011 at 08:25:01
When creating a share in Windows the "Everyone" group is always added and has "Full Control" access. This is stupid (should be only the Administror account with any access at the outset) but that's how MS decided to do things so that's what we all have to deal with.

If you wish to limit access to a particular share you'll want to:
1) Add the Local Administrator/Domain Administrator account(s) to the share
then
2) Remove the Everyone group from the share
and finally
3) Add the Users/Groups you wish to have access to the share and assign the access you wish them to have.

In a workgroup environment you typically get asked for a password when connecting to a share. There is a way to stop that from happening. For information on this topic simply click on my name above in this response and read my “how-to” guide titled, “You try to connect to a share but are asked for a Username/Password

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
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#2
August 5, 2011 at 08:36:00
The problem with that is that Home Premium does not allow adding users from other machines to Permissions. And cloning users across machines doesn't help either.

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#3
August 5, 2011 at 12:07:51
Sorry, I didn't realize.

I haven't used Windows 7 much so can't comment at all on how to utilize it with regard to sharing, users/groups and permissions. I had assumed it would be similar to previous OS's. Apparently you're expected to pay more to be able to do what I think should be part and parcel with ANY iteration of Windows.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
August 5, 2011 at 12:12:40
You're not going to get an argument from me on that. Selective sharing is basic, and should be accomplishable on a workgroup. Pro levels should be about much more advanced things than that, especially considering they're twice the price.

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