Windows 7 Professional 32-BIT File sharing

December 24, 2010 at 05:41:16
Specs: Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, Pentium 2.8GHz/2048mb DDR2

I've recently set up a small home office for a friend and I'm having trouble with the file sharing.
I have two desktop PCs both with Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit Professional OEM installed and a third PC operating as a backup/file server (amongst other things) tucked away in a cupboard also running Windows 7 32-Bit Professional (OEM).

Each user in the business has a local profile set up on each of the PCs.
Each PC is currently set up on a Homegroup rather than a Workgroup or a Domain.

I want to set up backup folders on the server for each user so that they can back up their documents using something like Dsynchronize (freeware) or similar. I also want it so that only User A can only access User A's folder on the server from the desktop PCs and User B can only access User B's folder etc..

I am familiar with how to do this on a Domain managed by Active Directory, and also how to do it over a workgroup in Windows XP Pro via a 'net use' BAT file etc but I am not sure how to in Win7.

My problem is:

When I create a folder on the Server PC, I can only give access permissions for local users on the Server and not local users on another PC? When I try to access the folder from another PC, I am prompted with a login box which asks me for a username and password. The domain section is not changable and just shows the machine name?

Any ideas of how would be best to go about this?


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December 24, 2010 at 06:04:13
If you know about workgroup sharing, still same on win7 - you need to set up the users identically (ie, same username/password) on all 3 machines (or at least all the users on the 2 client machines on the server machine). You can then set permissions per user on the server machine - and because all usernames are synchronised all will work as intended. I haven't used homegroups yet - you need a password to access the homegroup, but I haven't played with it (just seems an unnecessary complication to me).

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December 24, 2010 at 06:39:20
Thanks Steve,

I'll give that a go. I've been wondering whether trying out Homegroup instead of Workgroup was a mistake.

Merry Christmas

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December 24, 2010 at 15:38:40
You can create 2 new partitions on the 'server' PC and make these two entire drives sharable. I am not sure, but I think it may be easier to control access to the entire drives rather than a folder, but I have not tried that personally. I currently use an entire 'drive' on one family computer to act as a back up location for the entire family, as well as a personal shared folder on the regular drive.

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