Lots of options, which will be easiest?
Posted on 2004-09-06
Let's put it this way: I'm a networking n00b, and the following problem is making my head spin.
I have a desktop screamer and a fast laptop.
I have a wired AND a wireless network throughout my house.
I also have a six week-old daughter.
I'm really, really tired of having to sync up my laptop to be able to keep certain files common between my two machines, and my new reality at home dictates that I be able to work from anywhere in my house.
Here's the software at my disposal: Win XP Pro, Win NT 4 Server, and Windows Server 2003 (the 6 month trial edition).
Here's what I want to do: I want to turn the desktop machine into a file server, that I can also use as a client in the event I ever get to sit down at my desk again. I want my laptop to be able to access files on my desktop machine (like entire folders), but only the folders that I have permission to access. And I want that permission to be limited to ME, not to random folks in my house.
I don't need to have a network that is the envy of IBM, I just need to set up some network directories that I can only access under certain circumstances (like the right username and password, or whatever).
What's the EASIEST way to do this? Is it possible just with XP? Will NT handle it? Or do I need to pay for W2k3 6 months from now?
Additionally - can someone point me to a link, or give me the step-by-step instructions for what I'll need to do to set up both the server and the client machines? Talk to me like I'm seven - because this networking stuff makes my head spin.