WinXP File Sharing Access Right Configuration Help

Beside the "Simple File Sharing" (5 level scheme), is there a "Complicated" File Sharing scheme available?

I'm sharing folders in some of my root directories of C and D drives, and I only want to allow user to know the access password to be able to view and access the content.

For example, I would like to achieve the following, assume all of the computers are of the same workgroup:

CPU1:
Shared: C:\C1_Data C:\C1_Content D:\C1_Info

CPU2:
Shared: C:\C2_Data C:\C2_Content D:\C2_Info

CPU3:
Under "View Workgroup Computers", CPU3 can see CPU1, CPU2, and CPU3, but when CPU3 want to see the shared content of CPU1 and CPU2, a dialog window will prompt for access password.  Only if the password is matched, otherwise CPU3 won't be able to see the shared content (even the shared direcories names) on CPU1 and CPU2.
jay28leeAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

stevenlewisCommented:
If XP Pro, turn off siomplified sharing and set permissions
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/tips/september/stevens1.asp
If home  you need to boot to safe mode, log on as admin, and then you can get the security tabs for the shares
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308418
you can also run this command from start --> run
rundll32 ntlanui.dll,ShareManage - Shares
also
0
muterobertCommented:
To enable "Complicated" File sharing options go to folder options, click the view tab. In the options window, scroll to the bottom and untick "use simple file sharing (Recommended)" tickbox.

This will allow you to apply specific local users/groups, share permissions and NTFS security to the shared folder.

Hope this helps

Muterobert
0
jay28leeAuthor Commented:
But can I restrict certain users to be able to view the shared content (even folder names) of the workgroup computers?
0
Cloud Class® Course: Python 3 Fundamentals

This course will teach participants about installing and configuring Python, syntax, importing, statements, types, strings, booleans, files, lists, tuples, comprehensions, functions, and classes.

stevenlewisCommented:
You can create hidden shares by putting a $ after the share name, but then no one will see it
If not, you can't prevent the shares from showing up, but you can prevent access
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
jay28leeAuthor Commented:
Yes, the $ is a good feature that will alternatively solve my problem.

But is it possible to prevent everybody in the workgroup from seeing the shared folders, when clicking on the workgroup computer, i would like some kind of pop up dialog to show up and prompt for access password.

Is it possible to achieve this?
0
stevenlewisCommented:
>>Is it possible to achieve this
No, if it is shared with out the $ then the share will show up, but access will be limited (if no access is given, prompted for username and password, or access is denied message), but you can't have the share show up for some and not others, it's an all or nothing deal
0
jay28leeAuthor Commented:
Is the $ usage documented anywhere?

Is it possible to display all the hidden shared folders on the local computer (in case I forgot)?
0
stevenlewisCommented:
http://www.windowsitlibrary.com/Content/638/07/2.html
Is it possible to display all the hidden shared folders on the local computer (in case I forgot
they will still show up on the local machine, share permissions are different than ntfs permissions
0
jay28leeAuthor Commented:
But I just tried it, the hidden shared folders won't show up locally under \\ComputerName, it will only show up with the shared icon under Windows Explorer.

Is there an administrative function to list all the hidden shared folders?
0
stevenlewisCommented:
>>But I just tried it, the hidden shared folders won't show up locally under \\ComputerName, it will only show up with the shared icon under Windows Explorer
that is correct\
but if you run this from the local machine
you can also run this command from start --> run
rundll32 ntlanui.dll,ShareManage - Shares
It will show up
0
jay28leeAuthor Commented:
rundll32 ntlanui.dll,ShareManage - Shares

is exactly what i need, this is a command line shortcut right?

is there a step-by-step application that i can launch to access the same "shared directories" dialog?

it's kind of hard to memorize the long command in my head.
0
stevenlewisCommented:
>>is exactly what i need, this is a command line shortcut right
yes
>is there a step-by-step application that i can launch to access the same "shared directories" dialog
not that I know of
just copy the command into a text file, and then rename it shares.bat, then all you need to do is double click on it and it will open the dialog box
0
jay28leeAuthor Commented:
thanks.  by the way, can you tell me where can i find all these tips?
0
stevenlewisCommented:
LOL, right here at EE, just ask the experts *grin*
I have been doing this for a long time (check my profile by clicking on my name), and have compiled an extensive database of solutions. I really don't know of one or two places that has all this info. Maybe someday I will make a website (if I ever get the time)

So if we are done here, we will need you to close this baby out, by accepting a comment and grading it
If not, how else can we help on this matter?

0
jay28leeAuthor Commented:
Yes, I'm satisfied with this solution.  I'm going to close it and accept your answer :)
0
stevenlewisCommented:
Glad to help!
0
stevenlewisCommented:
BTW the main reason I participate here is to learn, I recommend you hang around here, try and help, and in doing so, you will see lots of solutions, and at least for me, learn way more than I help
0
jay28leeAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your comment.  I'll try to take part in this community to learn and contribute :)
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows Networking

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.