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network problem

hi to all
i have a network with 7 computers that one of them is server and 6 other are clients.my network is used by newbie people and everyday one or more of my network computers were fail because of working of these non-expert people.i want to know i there any way that i support my computers so people could not have access to main computer networking and other main programs to fail them?
i mean that they only can use the internet and not be able to fail the network?or a way that i can protect my network about this newbies?
thx in advance.
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Hi ramoo. there are many ways to lock down windows but it depends on your setup. you dont say what windows version you use for your server and clients as security is implemented differntly in windows 95/98 to NT4/2000.

For security in windows you could use policy editor, take a look at the link below.


you can also distribute polices over the network quicker and easier:


for windows 2000 and active directory see:


if you can tell me you aetup in more detial maybe i can help with a strategy to implement you security.

Hope this helps!! ;o)
ramooAuthor Commented:
Dear simonv i use winxp for server and winme and win2000 for clients.i'll write to u tommorrow more about your links because i now have to go.an

anyway thx for u're help.
what you have is a peer to peer network. Is the XP Pro? if so, then you can setup shares, and users, and only allow those users access to the shares
you will have to disable simplified sharing to accomplish this
Hi Ramoo,

Stevenlewis is right with his comments, as you dont have your server running server software you dont really have a client server setup. You will need to create the shares and users as steven lewis suggests.  This link should give you detials of how to go about createing your user, groups and shares in windows XP.


this link is a webcast titled : Microsoft Windows XP: An Overview of Policies and Profiles


its long but will give you a better understanding of policies and profiles.

Also if you just want to go ahead and implemnt policies on XP just type "gpedit.msc" without the quotes into Run, and you will get the Group Policy Editor. Following are several things you can do with this utility. Be careful: If you don't understand what you're changing, your best bet is not to change it. You can really do some damage. After all, you must be logged in as an administrator to do any of this.

1. You can stop the Windows Messenger from loading. Make sure you exit Messenger before you begin. Start navigating at Computer Configuration. Next, go to Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Messenger, double-click "Do Not Allow Windows Messenger To Be Run," and choose Enable to block Messenger from loading. This setting has the added bonus of not automatically loading the Messenger every time you load Microsoft Outlook and other Microsoft applications, so if you never use Windows Messenger, you can save resources by blocking its incessant loading.

2. Go to User Configuration/Administrative Templates/System, then configure Don't Run Specified Windows Applications to block the user from loading certain programs, such as Microsoft Word or Outlook.

3. Go to User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Start Menu And Taskbar to enable and disable certain Start menu features.

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