Network access to files

Posted on 2004-04-08
Last Modified: 2010-04-11

 I currently made a network of 2 pcs. both has administrator password and one with additonal user with limited access. I tried to sharge folders in other pc so that i can change in files and followed the steps for sharing folders through network. but even after i did all that and a hand appeared on drive that had the folder it did not allow me to access folder and a message says "you can not access this folder, you may not have the permission to access this folder, you need administrator permission of that server" or something similar.
I don't know how to access the files in the other pc, kindly advise me

Question by:Ebrahim
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Expert Comment

ID: 10787372
Can you get to them using the administrative share???  Also which OS?

Expert Comment

ID: 10787569
Security is in TWO places
1 - the share ( which you have done )
2 - the directory and files themselves

Use my computer, scroll to directory, RightMouseClick, security.
Make sure that permissions ok for normal user
Just ADD the users or groups

Please advise if any more help required


Expert Comment

ID: 10788869

If it is a Windows 2000 computer, the user who is accessing the files on the other computer must have an account setup on that computer in order to access the files.

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Expert Comment

ID: 10788881
If you don't have a domain controller, as I figure you don't with only two PCs, it is a bit more difficult to set up file sharing, because each PC has it's own user database, and the other PCs do not have access to it.  There is no central repository of user information.  

Read the following:


Author Comment

ID: 10794090

 Thank you for advice,  i am usin window xp professional on twe pcs. when i started connecting the 2 pcs i did not assign any administrator or user account so any one could open the pc and at that time i could share and open one folder easily (one of computer was a laptop and other desktop). but after i assigned a user acounts to the desktop pc I could not access the folders in that pc. I went i my computer and to the drive and folders which i want to share and i enabled both boxes for enableing user to use that drive and have permission to change the files, that is i checked both boxes available in sharing security but the again that message appearing that i can not access that file and need adminstrative permission. though still i can access the first folder which i made before i assign users account and i am not sure if that was the cause and whether i can delete user accounts from the desktop pc which i want to access. kindly advise


Expert Comment

ID: 10794974
Try the following on both PCs:

Click Start, and then click My Computer

From the Tools menu, select Folder Options
On the View tab, clear the Use Simple File Sharing (Recommended) check box under the Advanced Settings section

Click OK

Expert Comment

ID: 10794983
I apologize, in my previous answer, make sure Simple File Sharing is checked.  Don't uncheck them.

Author Comment

ID: 10795781

 Thanks again for help, I went to both PCs  and found that on both of them Simple file sharing boxes are checked and still got same message that folder is not accessible. any advice

Accepted Solution

parkerig earned 70 total points
ID: 10795860
As I said above have you checked the FILE security on the Directory. Sharing has security but FILES also have local security. LOCAL security overwrites sharing ie if I have a folder on PC A and c:\data has security that only local Administrator can see it then it doesn't matter that I share it - no guest or other account can see it.
The other place to check is the local account policies - start run secpol.msc /s
Check local policies user rights area. Especially options on who can access from network. If all else files please advise what the security is on the folder eg on my c:\data directory security is IAN only Full Control ( no other groups or users ) and sharing is permissions is Ian only read. So this means at my desk pc only I can edit my data and from the network I can only read my data
Anyways please advise security ( normally looks like Administrator , Creator owner, Everyone .... ) and sharing permissions is normally everyone read
Thanks in advance

Author Comment

ID: 10801636

 Thank you all for help i did what parkerig sain and went into each folder and resolve security and it works, thank you very much for your advice


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