Implem. backup folders with passwrd

Dell / Precision 350
January 15, 2009 at 07:47:01
Specs: Windows XP Pro Pack3, 2800 mhz
I installed a HD on my Xp Pro on the office workgroup and created a folder for every dept so they can backup their files. Then I realized that every1 can see every1's file. How can I implement a different password for every folder? Do I need to create domains? Is there a simple solution for such small office?
If the solution is not simple can some1 steer me toward the right direction?
I tried
My Computer>Manager>Local users and groups
added a group but I don't see the other PCs. Is this where am I supposed to look?

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January 15, 2009 at 08:21:53
I don't know where to start. I think you need a primer on how to setup a LAN and how to setup shares.

Everyone needs to have a login and each person needs to have access and restrictions set by the administrator.

Below is one MSKB article that can get you started. WinXP has help files that should explain everything.

As far as seeing the other computers goes, are they all connected to the same network? If you are going to share a printer and want to share some files it may be best to dedicate a computer to serve as a file and print server. If you have less than 10 users that should work OK. If more than ten users you may need a different version of Windows and should definitely have some type of server.

Other more knowledgeable help will come along and add to my meager comments.

Suffice to say you are going at this the wrong way, IMO.

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January 15, 2009 at 11:23:46
on the xp box you would create user accounts for everyone that accesses it.
on the xp box you would create dept groups that would contain subsets of the users.
you would assign the group with full rights to the dept folder and deny everyone else

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January 16, 2009 at 12:45:36
ok, thanks for the answers. I was fine with the physical configur. of the network ( less than 10 users workgroup here.) The key was to disable "simple file sharing" on the XP Pc holding the shared drive, which finally let me create shares on a drive and assign unique permissions to each. The MSKB didn't actually apply to XP so it didn't mention the disabling of simple file sharing which in XP is the starting point.
The link below was VERY helpful.

The odd thing is that when u change a password for a user on the XP Pro that serves as the authentication point, it takes a very long time to propagate to other XP PCs but it takes no time to the 2000 server PC on the network. Weird!?

Another thing I don't understand is that when I renamed a PC on the net(using Sys properties/computer name, both the description and computer name) the network saw it but suddenly it wouldn't let it log in to the share, even changing the account names everywhere and waiting a day. Probably because the folder "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users" still has the original folder name and won't let me change it. SO I had to put the original name back. Is there a different way to rename a PC?

Thanks for the help and I'd gladly appreciate if u add to my 2 questions/comments.

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