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How to set up a Work Group with a password access

Hello,
My friends and i have setup up a small workgroup (3 of us - all have XP Pro), and all we want to do is to be able to share files.  Obviously this is very simple, we have our shared folders set up so that network users are not allowed to change the files.  What we would like to be able to do is when you click on one of the three computers you would have to input a password in order to browse the shared files.   If it is possible to do this without any third party software that would be fantastic, thank you
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amirinamdarCommented:
Hi epiphone32,
Why don't you specify the users that have access to the folders? When you right click the folder and select 'sharing and security', in the sharing tab, you can specify 'permissions' to specific people in specific locations.

Good Luck!
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epiphone32Author Commented:
okay, i knew that you could select specific users some where, but i couldnt figure out why my security tab wasnt showing....  Alright moving on.   I am now sharing a folder, how do create a group or individually add users when the only location is JOEL, which happens to be my computer name...  
 
(I am doing this over a lan by the way)
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epiphone32Author Commented:
what im trying to say is how do i change the location from my computer to our workgroup
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amirinamdarCommented:
Hmmm... I see what you mean. It shows only my computer on my LAN too! Let me see how to get around that.
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luv2smileCommented:
In a workgroup, I don't think you have the ability to choose different computers to add users from. A workgroup doesn't have a central database of users/computers so there is no way to authenticate users from other computers.

You need to create the exact same username with the exact same password for all your users on the computer that has the share. Then add them to the security tab and they'll be able to access the share.
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luv2smileCommented:
Like in a domain...you can change the location to the domain instead of the local computer. But workgroups don't have that ability since accounts are stored on each individual computer, you wouldn't be able to just choose "workgroup" and have all the accounts in the "workgroup" avialable.
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epiphone32Author Commented:
Alright, so let me verify here, if i add a user account for the workgroup members to my computer, and say give them limited user rights/permissions to certain folders, and do so for each computer they we will be able to access the specified folders from each computer.   I believe i have tried this and found that when you double click on a specified computer in the workgroup it never prompts for authentication.
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epiphone32Author Commented:
is there a setting im missing somewhere
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amirinamdarCommented:
epiphone32,
what luv2smile pointed out is that you can create limited users on your computer. then on the folder that you want to share, you click on the permissions and add the users who can access these folders. It should ask for a password. Try it out.
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epiphone32Author Commented:
Alright, ive set up the limited user account, given a username/password, then i set the permissions under security tab to full control for me only.... nothing else under security, and then on the sharing tab/permissions button, i set the limited user account to read only.   I cannot test this on any other computers till after 1, but i did try logging on as the guest account on my computer.  When i attempted to open the folder it simply said "access denied", so im wondering if this is a reasonable test.
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epiphone32Author Commented:
Alright, i created an account on my computer

username: ryans
password: password

and my roomates computer username: ryans
when he goes to open the sharedfolder  it says that he doesnt have the proper privelages.
but on my machine i added Joel\Ryans      <---- the limited user account

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luv2smileCommented:
Did you set the password for the account ryans the same as the password that he uses for his computer?

And have you set the correct share AND security permissions? meaning you went to the share tab AND the security tab?

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amirinamdarCommented:
>>when he goes to open the sharedfolder
Does he get this error when he tries to click on your computer in the workgroup, or after he has opened your computer in the workgroup and clicks on ths shared folder in it?

You may check that you have followed the steps as in this link:
http://www2.essex.ac.uk/cs/virus/secfolders.htm
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amirinamdarCommented:
Oops... posting at the same time, luv2smile!
Should hit reload before I post!
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epiphone32Author Commented:
Alright, i we changed his password to password, which is the same on my computer... and it still said "Access Denied: .....Permissions.... Check with you local Administrator...", any way he was set to read in the permissions under the sharing tab, does his local account need permissions in the security tab also???
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amirinamdarCommented:
See luv2smile's post above:
>>have you set the correct share AND security permissions? meaning you went to the share tab AND the security tab?
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luv2smileCommented:
"does his local account need permissions in the security tab also???"

YES...please read my above post. Share permissions simply set who is allowed to CONNECt to the share.....if the person doesn't have NTFS permissions (these are what you set when you go to the security tab) then they won't be allowed to access the folder. The NTFS permissions are basically the ones that really controll access.

NTFS permissions are much more complex and allow for much better control over access than share permissions. You can give someone read only access, write access, but deny them delete access, etc.

I always like to allow less restrictive permissions at the share level and then setting the real security via the security tab.
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amirinamdarCommented:
Thanks for the grade epiphone32.
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