Posted on 2012-08-29
Last Modified: 2012-11-16
Is there a way to share a folder between a workgroup and a domain?
Question by:Surrenda-Link
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    Share it.

    A folder shared in a domain has it's user account database with the domain and so the system sharing the folder knows who is permitted access by a lookup on the domain.

    A folder shared in a Workgroup has it's user account database with the local system.  A folder shared on the system must check back with the local system account database to ensure someone has right to access it.

    A workgroup cannot check with the domain directly so if a workgroup user wants access to the domain shared folder, they must specify "domainName\userName" and a valid password for that domain user.  If the domain user wants access to the workgroup shared folder, then the domain user must have an account on the local workgroup system and specify it as "computerName\userName" when prompted and provide a password.

    You can sometimes avoid these problems IF you create accounts in both account databases that are identical - identical user names and identical passwords.  The beauty of the domain is that when you change it it's changed for all systems that are part of the domain.  In the workgroup, when you change it, it's only changed on that local system.

    At the end of the day, it's really just like the domain is another workgroup computer itself.  You'd access shares and resources from a non-domain machine in the same way you would if the domain machine were not a part of the domain (with the exception that instead of specifying the computer name, you specify the domain name when prompted for a user name.
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    As long as you put IP Address on the machine, you can just share the folder, remember to use same subnet IP Address though.

    eg: COM-1 :

    eg: COM-2 :

    After you share your folder (with or without password)

    You can browse the share by put the ip address on Windows Explorer location bar:
    \\ [Enter]


    Click Start | Run and put:
    \\ [Enter]


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