How to keep regular shares and add protected drive shares.

Posted on 2005-05-15
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i just got a laptop that i want to be able to access all 4 hard drives on my desktop computer from while still allowing my normal shared folders to be available. i want the the drives on the desktop to be mapped on the laptop and then the desktop be able to map drives from the laptop. but then of course, i don't want the root of every drive available to any users that plug into the network or that i plug into their network (such as at a lan party).

so this would require two levels of permission. i first tried to use ntfs permission instead of "simple file sharing", but then guests can't access the shares listing when going to computer's name (\\computername). then i tried using "simple file sharing" and mapping to the administrative shares (C$, D$, etc.). that doesn't work. it won't ask for the password to access while in simple file sharing. now i'm stuck. i hope there's some trick here i'm missing, probably with the ntfs permissions.

both systems are xp pro and on the same workgroup. there is no firewall. the desktop is a gateway for the laptop to the internet, but that probably doesn't matter.
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that's all basic stuff that i already know and have taken into account
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Not quite sure what your problem is here.  I would never use Simple File Sharing, and always tell my clients to turn it off if they are running Pro, which is what I assume you are using here.  To access the Root Drives (instead of just the Shares), just open a Run Line, and type in the IP Address of the computer you wish to access, along with the Hidden Share symbol (c$).  From here, as long as you have Admin Access, you can get to any part of the hard drive.  I also see no reason to allow 'guests' to come on my systems, but you may indeed have a reason, although I have never heard of a good one.  :)

Start > Run > \\ipaddress\c$

When asked for authentication credentials, enter in the Admin and Admin PW.


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the problem is that no matter what password and username i enter for the admin share, it never gives me permission. i even made an account on both systems that had matching usernames and password and that didn't help anything.

the problem is also that i want some files to be shared but guests can't see the list of shares if they were to access my computer when ntfs sharing is in use.

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i don't know what i did, but the desktop allows guests now. however, the laptop does not. it will only let the desktop access it when i create a user with the desktop's primary login. guest accounts are enabled on both systems, though.

i can map the drives on both computers now, but it's weird. the desktop will open the admin shares automatically (when i have the appropriate account enabled) but the laptop always asks for a password. i think some setting or service is not concurrent between the two systems.
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ChicagoTech has a great site for troubleshooting these issues...  For instance (and I am not sure it applies here as I do not know the exact error you are getting):


Credentials are cached, so that is the reason the admin shares open automatically.  See the above link for possible reasons it works on one machine, and not on another..


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Unfortunately, you guys were no help at all--but that's about par.  I tried a million things and it was finally answered searching Usenet with google:


The final issue was that Guests was on the "Deny access to this computer from the network" found in group policies.

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