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Networking & File sharing problem

  1. #1


    JP Guest

    Networking & File sharing problem

    I am new to networking so please bear with me if I am asking for help on
    something relatively simple.

    I have 3 Vista machine in a home network belonging to the same workgroup.
    On all the machines Network discovery, File sharing and Public folder
    sharing are turned on (Printer sharing, password protected sharing and media
    sharing are turned off). Each machine can see the other two machines in
    Explorer>Network.

    On one of the machines, I have shared a couple of folders in the C drive and
    added Everyone in Choose people to share with, giving Co-owner permission
    level. This works fine and I can see these folders and all the files they
    contain on the other machines. However, if I share files and/or a folder &
    files in the Documents folder with similar permission level these do not
    show on the other machines.

    If I click on "Show me all the files and folders I am sharing" in Network
    and Sharing Center only those that are shared in the Documents folders show
    (but not the shared folders outside the Documents folder) whereas "Show me
    all the shared network folders on this computer" comes up with only the
    shared folders which are not in the Documents folder plus Public and
    Printers folders.

    I have tried sharing the Documents folder but again this does not appear on
    networked computers.

    What do I need to do to give access to files and folders in the Documents
    folder to other computers?

    JP


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  2. #2


    Malke Guest

    Re: Networking & File sharing problem

    JP wrote:

    > I am new to networking so please bear with me if I am asking for help on
    > something relatively simple.
    >
    > I have 3 Vista machine in a home network belonging to the same workgroup.
    > On all the machines Network discovery, File sharing and Public folder
    > sharing are turned on (Printer sharing, password protected sharing and
    > media
    > sharing are turned off). Each machine can see the other two machines in
    > Explorer>Network.
    >
    > On one of the machines, I have shared a couple of folders in the C drive
    > and added Everyone in Choose people to share with, giving Co-owner
    > permission level. This works fine and I can see these folders and all the
    > files they
    > contain on the other machines. However, if I share files and/or a folder
    > & files in the Documents folder with similar permission level these do not
    > show on the other machines.
    >
    > If I click on "Show me all the files and folders I am sharing" in Network
    > and Sharing Center only those that are shared in the Documents folders
    > show (but not the shared folders outside the Documents folder) whereas
    > "Show me all the shared network folders on this computer" comes up with
    > only the shared folders which are not in the Documents folder plus Public
    > and Printers folders.
    >
    > I have tried sharing the Documents folder but again this does not appear
    > on networked computers.
    >
    > What do I need to do to give access to files and folders in the Documents
    > folder to other computers?
    The issue is clearly not your firewalls or antivirus as the other poster
    suggested. In order to share the personal user directories (Documents,
    Music, etc.) you need to create the same user accounts/passwords on all
    three machines.

    Create matching user accounts and passwords on all machines. You do not need
    to be logged into the same account on all machines and the passwords
    assigned to each user account can be different; the accounts/passwords just
    need to exist and match on all machines. DO NOT NEGLECT TO CREATE
    PASSWORDS, EVEN IF ONLY SIMPLE ONES. If you wish a machine to boot directly
    to the Desktop (into one particular user's account) for convenience, you
    can do this:

    Vista - Start Orb>Search box>type: netplwiz [enter]
    Click on Continue (or supply an administrator's password) when prompted by
    UAC

    Uncheck the option "Users must enter a user name and password to use this
    computer". Select a user account to automatically log on by clicking on the
    desired account to highlight it and then hit OK. Enter the correct password
    for that user account (if there is one) when prompted. Leave it blank if
    there is no password (null).

    Malke
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    MS-MVP
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  3. #3


    db Guest

    Re: Networking & File sharing problem

    firewalls and a.v.'s
    "can" inhibit file
    sharing,

    especially if they are
    not microsoft versions.

    --------

    clearly, you should not
    degrade the responses
    of others.

    it only degrades your
    own crediability.
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    >
    >
    "Malke" <malke@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:OUDyqsm9JHA.1336@xxxxxx

    > JP wrote:
    >

    >> I am new to networking so please bear with me if I am asking for help on
    >> something relatively simple.
    >>
    >> I have 3 Vista machine in a home network belonging to the same workgroup.
    >> On all the machines Network discovery, File sharing and Public folder
    >> sharing are turned on (Printer sharing, password protected sharing and
    >> media
    >> sharing are turned off). Each machine can see the other two machines in
    >> Explorer>Network.
    >>
    >> On one of the machines, I have shared a couple of folders in the C drive
    >> and added Everyone in Choose people to share with, giving Co-owner
    >> permission level. This works fine and I can see these folders and all the
    >> files they
    >> contain on the other machines. However, if I share files and/or a folder
    >> & files in the Documents folder with similar permission level these do not
    >> show on the other machines.
    >>
    >> If I click on "Show me all the files and folders I am sharing" in Network
    >> and Sharing Center only those that are shared in the Documents folders
    >> show (but not the shared folders outside the Documents folder) whereas
    >> "Show me all the shared network folders on this computer" comes up with
    >> only the shared folders which are not in the Documents folder plus Public
    >> and Printers folders.
    >>
    >> I have tried sharing the Documents folder but again this does not appear
    >> on networked computers.
    >>
    >> What do I need to do to give access to files and folders in the Documents
    >> folder to other computers?
    >
    > The issue is clearly not your firewalls or antivirus as the other poster
    > suggested. In order to share the personal user directories (Documents,
    > Music, etc.) you need to create the same user accounts/passwords on all
    > three machines.
    >
    > Create matching user accounts and passwords on all machines. You do not need
    > to be logged into the same account on all machines and the passwords
    > assigned to each user account can be different; the accounts/passwords just
    > need to exist and match on all machines. DO NOT NEGLECT TO CREATE
    > PASSWORDS, EVEN IF ONLY SIMPLE ONES. If you wish a machine to boot directly
    > to the Desktop (into one particular user's account) for convenience, you
    > can do this:
    >
    > Vista - Start Orb>Search box>type: netplwiz [enter]
    > Click on Continue (or supply an administrator's password) when prompted by
    > UAC
    >
    > Uncheck the option "Users must enter a user name and password to use this
    > computer". Select a user account to automatically log on by clicking on the
    > desired account to highlight it and then hit OK. Enter the correct password
    > for that user account (if there is one) when prompted. Leave it blank if
    > there is no password (null).
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > MS-MVP
    > Elephant Boy Computers - Don't Panic!
    > http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/#FAQ
    >

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  4. #4


    JP Guest

    Re: Networking & File sharing problem

    Thank you for the information Malke. What you say does work provided you
    log in using the same username on the machine from where you want to access
    the files. Clearly it is not possible for any other user to access these
    files. Don't understand why Vista restricts access to Documents folder like
    this.

    JP

    "Malke" <malke@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:OUDyqsm9JHA.1336@xxxxxx

    > JP wrote:
    >

    >> I am new to networking so please bear with me if I am asking for help on
    >> something relatively simple.
    >>
    >> I have 3 Vista machine in a home network belonging to the same workgroup.
    >> On all the machines Network discovery, File sharing and Public folder
    >> sharing are turned on (Printer sharing, password protected sharing and
    >> media
    >> sharing are turned off). Each machine can see the other two machines in
    >> Explorer>Network.
    >>
    >> On one of the machines, I have shared a couple of folders in the C drive
    >> and added Everyone in Choose people to share with, giving Co-owner
    >> permission level. This works fine and I can see these folders and all the
    >> files they
    >> contain on the other machines. However, if I share files and/or a folder
    >> & files in the Documents folder with similar permission level these do
    >> not
    >> show on the other machines.
    >>
    >> If I click on "Show me all the files and folders I am sharing" in Network
    >> and Sharing Center only those that are shared in the Documents folders
    >> show (but not the shared folders outside the Documents folder) whereas
    >> "Show me all the shared network folders on this computer" comes up with
    >> only the shared folders which are not in the Documents folder plus Public
    >> and Printers folders.
    >>
    >> I have tried sharing the Documents folder but again this does not appear
    >> on networked computers.
    >>
    >> What do I need to do to give access to files and folders in the Documents
    >> folder to other computers?
    >
    > The issue is clearly not your firewalls or antivirus as the other poster
    > suggested. In order to share the personal user directories (Documents,
    > Music, etc.) you need to create the same user accounts/passwords on all
    > three machines.
    >
    > Create matching user accounts and passwords on all machines. You do not
    > need
    > to be logged into the same account on all machines and the passwords
    > assigned to each user account can be different; the accounts/passwords
    > just
    > need to exist and match on all machines. DO NOT NEGLECT TO CREATE
    > PASSWORDS, EVEN IF ONLY SIMPLE ONES. If you wish a machine to boot
    > directly
    > to the Desktop (into one particular user's account) for convenience, you
    > can do this:
    >
    > Vista - Start Orb>Search box>type: netplwiz [enter]
    > Click on Continue (or supply an administrator's password) when prompted by
    > UAC
    >
    > Uncheck the option "Users must enter a user name and password to use this
    > computer". Select a user account to automatically log on by clicking on
    > the
    > desired account to highlight it and then hit OK. Enter the correct
    > password
    > for that user account (if there is one) when prompted. Leave it blank if
    > there is no password (null).
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > MS-MVP
    > Elephant Boy Computers - Don't Panic!
    > http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/#FAQ
    >

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  5. #5


    Malke Guest

    Re: Networking & File sharing problem

    JP wrote:

    > Thank you for the information Malke. What you say does work provided you
    > log in using the same username on the machine from where you want to
    > access
    > the files. Clearly it is not possible for any other user to access these
    > files. Don't understand why Vista restricts access to Documents folder
    > like this.
    You don't need to log in using the same username. I can access my son's
    desktop on his XP box from my Win7 and Vista machines. He's logged into his
    account and I'm logged into mine. But I have a user account on his system.
    And vice versa. Make sure you've added "Everyone" to the advanced sharing
    on those shares.

    Malke
    --
    MS-MVP
    Elephant Boy Computers - Don't Panic!
    http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/#FAQ


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