Small Office Networking with File Sharing for Certain Users

February 4, 2012 at 16:11:05
Specs: Windows 7
Hello, I am planning to redo my small office network. Right now every computer is connected through a workgroup and some computers are sharing files to everyone and some need a login to share other files. I want to run a main server where all the files are on that computer and have it share all the files to everyone else on the network. I'm not too familiar with Windows workgroup networking and file sharing.

I want to have certain files accessible to certain computers and certain files accessible to everyone on the network. I'm under the impression that I have to have the main server with all the business documents. Then create separate accounts on the server and hand them out to each individual computer. After, go to each document and specify who can access what with read/write. Can I share some files to everyone and have certain files limited to other computers at the same time? How would someone access the shared files when you need a login and will this login conflict with files shared to everyone and files shared to certain people. I remember on my small business network I need a login for certain computers because it is shared to only certain people then how would I access the files shared to everyone when I have to login to see the server files to begin with? Thanks in advance.

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February 4, 2012 at 16:43:21
The way to do it is to set permissions on the files. Exactly how you do it is dependant on which version of Windows 7 you have.

With Windows 7 professional you can create various user groups and give access to those files to particular groups. With Windows 7 Home premium you only have two user groups, User and Administrators.

In that case you can giver permissions to named user and deny permission to any other users. But be care full you do not deny permission to yourself or the Administrators group or you could end up locking yourself out.

Right click on any file or folder in Windows Explorer and select security. There you will see what permissions have already been set.

Look up permissions in the help files. Thee is a wealth of information there.


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