On Tue, 5 Aug 2008 09:16:42 -0700 (PDT), tek <kevindu28@xxxxxx>
>I just purchased a new Vista HP laptop from Compaq. The network is
>setup and working fine. I'm sharing folders across a mixed network of
>Linux and XP machines. I can access and mount my Vista shares to Linux
>and XP with no issues.
>There's just few querky things I noticed about sharing folders in
>Vista. I click to open "My Network Places" from a XP machine and I see
>two folders, one is "Users" and the other is "Default". First, I
>didn't actually tell Vista to share "Users" but I selected sub-folders
>underneath "Users" to share. Namely, "Contacts", "Favorites", and
>"Documents". I'm sharing these folders so I can back them up on the
>Linux machine. So from "My Network Places" on XP that's what I
>expected to see when I clicked open the Vista machine name but, I see
>"Users" first. I'm also sharing the "Windows Mail" folder for backup.
>So I also see each sub-folder name leading to "Windows Mail".
>In the XP world I would select a folder to share and give the share a
>name and it would be available with that share name under the machine
>name in "My Network Place" without any sub-folders being visible. Is
>this the new and improved Windows networking I have to live with?
>Secondly, at the same level of "Users" when I open the Vista namchine
>name in "My Network Places" I see the "Default" folder. I never
>understood why there is a "Default" user account ini Windows but
>that's another story. Why is this folder visible since I did nothing
>to share it?
There's a bug in Vista that causes it to share the entire Users folder
when you tell it to share a sub-folder. Browse to the Users folder
and un-share it, then follow these steps to share the desired
1. Browse to a sub-folder and right-click it.
2. Click Properties.
3. Click the Sharing tab.
4. Click Advanced Sharing.
5. Put a check mark in the "Share this folder" box.
6. Specify the share name.
7. If desired, click Permissions and define access permissions.
8. Click OK.
9. Click Close.
I don't know why your computer has a shared Default folder -- I don't
see one on my Vista computers. Browse to the Default folder and
Steve Winograd, MS-MVP (Windows Networking)
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