Solved Guest Account Windows Server 2003

June 11, 2013 at 10:45:38
Specs: Windows XP
Is it possible to have a guest account on windows server 2003 that only allows printer sharing? I want an account that does not share files

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#1
June 11, 2013 at 13:42:56
I believe you are thinking in reverse about accounts and file sharing.

A account can make a file share
A file share can have user accounts assigned at different levels of access

A file share or printer share isn't tied to any particular account though

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June 11, 2013 at 13:51:28
Ok. Well what i am trying to do is share a printer on the server to visitors without giving them access to any of the files on the server.

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#3
June 11, 2013 at 15:37:35
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How is this printer connected to the network?

It is a security risk to enable the guest account on the server and have guests use it. Better to have them do a direct print to a networked printer.

Otherwise when enabling the guest account you have to add guest to all shares and do a direct deny access.

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#4
June 12, 2013 at 07:24:18
Just to add to what wanderer said. Servers aren't meant to be used like a regular desktop computer. One should never allow anybody except a qualified administrator to touch a server.

If the printer is a network printer, it can be accessed from any client computer (desktop) in your network so there's no need to have people logon to the server.

If it's not a network printer and it's physically connected to the server you're going to want to either:
a) Share it and make it accessible across the network
or
b) Disconnect it from the server and reconnect it to a client computer

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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