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How to share files over networks, without having an excess of accounts

Posted on 2004-09-09
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http://server5.uploadit.org/files/krupini-net.jpg

Now, I could add user 'Family1' to 'Nigor' computer, and user 'Igor' to 'Family' computer, and give appropriate permissions to all acounts. Then just share the folders. It works.

Now, i am not comfortable with adding accounts to the computers for no reason other than to give them network access. For example, on my computer, 'Nigor', I have one user -- 'Igor'. I login to that acount and use the computer. If I add another account, 'Family1', it will be just sitting there, no one will ever use it on my computer. And if i decide to network more computers -- you get the picture. Every computer will have one account that will actualy be used, and the others are just there for network purposes. Things could get confusing.

Is there anyway, using domain or something, to avoid this?

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Yes, a domain can fix that issue.  IF you call your domain "Bob" and all computers are on domain, add the Family1 user account to the Bob domain.  Then when you create a share on any system, you can add permission for the user "Bob\Family1" which is a domain account, to have read access, and anyone logged in as Family1 on any computer will be able to get any share on any computer across the domain for which you added read permission for Bob\Family1.  You need not add ANY local accounts for the purposes of sharing.  Further more, you can prevent Family1 account from logging in to any particular computer or group of computers, but that account will still be able to access any specified share on those PCs from any computer to which they are granted login access rights.
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