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    Give individual network computers permissions on folders


    Is it possible to give individual network computers permissions on shared folders on a non-domain network?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtcgiants56 View Post
    Is it possible to give individual network computers permissions on shared folders on a non-domain network?
    The following link explains how this can be done using the Homegroup as a Domain within the Workgroup.

    Permissions on a home media network setup Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jtcgiants56 View Post
    Is it possible to give individual network computers permissions on shared folders on a non-domain network?
    The following link explains how this can be done using the Homegroup as a Domain within the Workgroup.

    Permissions on a home media network setup Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jtcgiants56 View Post
    Is it possible to give individual network computers permissions on shared folders on a non-domain network?
    The following link explains how this can be done using the Homegroup as a Domain within the Workgroup.

    Permissions on a home media network setup Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Edit: Deleted what I previously put here.

    My other question is slightly unrelated to the article you've given but I though I'd ask anyway. Another way to give non-domain network users permissions is to simply set up a user account on the shared-folder host computer that matches a username on the person trying to connect.

    For example, I use my brother's hard drive as extra storage because he barely uses any of the space himself. So I set up a shared folder on his computer. I then made a username on his computer matching the username and pass of the username on my main computer (the one I am connecting from). I then edited the permission of the shared folder so that only my username has full read/write access to the folder.

    So when I access the folder from my machine it should automatically give me read/write access to the folder because I am logging into it under a user that has the same credentials as the user on my brothers computer with full read/write access.

    No problem here usually with windows 7 machines and I've got this working before. The only problem now is that I'm running a windows 8 Microsoft account on my computer. I have no idea what account I should create on my brothers to match this windows 8 account. For example, is it the Microsoft email address, your full name, the name of the folder under the "Users" folder? I have no idea and non of them seem to be working.

    Hopefully this made some kind of sense and if not i'll clarify. Thanks.
    Last edited by jtcgiants56; 15 Dec 2013 at 14:15.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtcgiants56 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jtcgiants56 View Post
    Is it possible to give individual network computers permissions on shared folders on a non-domain network?
    The following link explains how this can be done using the Homegroup as a Domain within the Workgroup.

    Permissions on a home media network setup Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Edit: Deleted what I previously put here.

    My other question is slightly unrelated to the article you've given but I though I'd ask anyway. Another way to give non-domain network users permissions is to simply set up a user account on the shared-folder host computer that matches a username on the person trying to connect.

    For example, I use my brother's hard drive as extra storage because he barely uses any of the space himself. So I set up a shared folder on his computer. I then made a username on his computer matching the username and pass of the username on my main computer (the one I am connecting from). I then edited the permission of the shared folder so that only my username has full read/write access to the folder.

    So when I access the folder from my machine it should automatically give me read/write access to the folder because I am logging into it under a user that has the same credentials as the user on my brothers computer with full read/write access.

    No problem here usually with windows 7 machines and I've got this working before. The only problem now is that I'm running a windows 8 Microsoft account on my computer. I have no idea what account I should create on my brothers to match this windows 8 account. For example, is it the Microsoft email address, your full name, the name of the folder under the "Users" folder? I have no idea and non of them seem to be working.

    Hopefully this made some kind of sense and if not i'll clarify. Thanks.
    Yep setting up a User account on the target machine works to allow access. But each user needs their own account on the target machine for this to work. Using the Everyone share gives access to all workgroup machines, where having an account on that machine would only give that user access.

    In fact you can even allow for access to Windows 7 or 8 Library's from a Vista or XP machine if you add the user account from those machines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jtcgiants56 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post

    The following link explains how this can be done using the Homegroup as a Domain within the Workgroup.

    Permissions on a home media network setup Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Edit: Deleted what I previously put here.

    My other question is slightly unrelated to the article you've given but I though I'd ask anyway. Another way to give non-domain network users permissions is to simply set up a user account on the shared-folder host computer that matches a username on the person trying to connect.

    For example, I use my brother's hard drive as extra storage because he barely uses any of the space himself. So I set up a shared folder on his computer. I then made a username on his computer matching the username and pass of the username on my main computer (the one I am connecting from). I then edited the permission of the shared folder so that only my username has full read/write access to the folder.

    So when I access the folder from my machine it should automatically give me read/write access to the folder because I am logging into it under a user that has the same credentials as the user on my brothers computer with full read/write access.

    No problem here usually with windows 7 machines and I've got this working before. The only problem now is that I'm running a windows 8 Microsoft account on my computer. I have no idea what account I should create on my brothers to match this windows 8 account. For example, is it the Microsoft email address, your full name, the name of the folder under the "Users" folder? I have no idea and non of them seem to be working.

    Hopefully this made some kind of sense and if not i'll clarify. Thanks.
    Yep setting up a User account on the target machine works to allow access. But each user needs their own account on the target machine for this to work. Using the Everyone share gives access to all workgroup machines, where having an account on that machine would only give that user access.

    In fact you can even allow for access to Windows 7 or 8 Library's from a Vista or XP machine if you add the user account from those machines.

    Right. My problem is that I don't know what to name the user account on the target computer because I'm currently using Windows 8.1 with a Microsoft account on my computer. The target is windows 7.
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