Solved share password protected folder without local account

March 23, 2012 at 03:17:33
Specs: Windows XP
I have 8 XP Pro PCs the same workgroup.
The main PC has a shared folder for each user of the other machines . These need to be password protected so that each user only has access to his folder.
Can I do this without creating every user on the main machine?

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March 23, 2012 at 08:05:12
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It's best to create user accounts on the target machine.

When creating the accounts, use the exact same credentials (ie: username/password) the users on the other computers use to login with. Then when you add the accounts to the share (and grant appropriate permissions) the users are never bothered with having to login.

Also, this approach allows you to have better control over access and permissions.

For more info, 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

It shouldn't take you more that 20 or 30 min's to create all the user accounts, add them to the share and then adjust permissions. If the accounts are all going to have identical access (permissions) you could create a new group, put all the user accounts in the group and then add the group to the share and assign perm's to the group.

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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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March 23, 2012 at 09:59:32
Thanks for your help.

I was trying to avoid having too many accounts in view on the target machine but am sure I remember seeing a way of hiding them.

"We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public."

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