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How to restrict shared folder to only one PC?

Old 08-23-05, 08:29 AM
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How to restrict shared folder to only one PC?

Running XP Home on 4 computers, they go thru a Linksys router. I would like to restrict access to a shared folder so that only one of the computers can get to it. Preferably without having to log in to the remote computer which has the shared folder.

Any advice on how to do this (if possible)?

Thanks for any help.
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Old 08-23-05, 09:05 AM
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Windows File Sharing doesn't have the ability to restrict access in this manner. Rethink your plan.
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Old 08-23-05, 09:50 AM
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This might work for you:

You can restrict access by "account" not by "computer".

Say you want to give Bob access to your shares. He has an account on his computer with the user name "bob" and the password "pass".

First enable advanced file sharing on your computer. (Open an explorer (not IE) window and select Tools>Folder Options. Then on the View tab, scroll to the bottom and deselect the option to use simple file sharing)

Next create an account for Bob on your computer using the exact same user name and password that he uses on his computer.

Lastly, go to the properties for your shares and select the Permissions button. Click the Add button. Then click the Advanced button. Then click the Find Now button. A list of all the accounts on your computer will be selected. Scroll down to the Bob account, select it, and click OK. Click OK again. Select the permissions you want Bob to have and click OK again. Click OK one last time.

Now whenever anyone attempt to connect to one of your shares, Windows will use the user name and password that they are using on their computer to authenticate them. If there is an account on your Windows with the same name and password (as there is for Bob), that remote user will have the same access that the local account has.
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Old 08-23-05, 05:23 PM
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If your machines have static IPs, you may also be able to restrict share access with Windows Firewall. It's not the most elegant solution, but may be suitable depending on your needs.
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