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 Post subject: Suggestions - using Win7 Pro computer as a "file server"
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:41 pm 
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I know this won't be a true file-server, but can you use a Win7 Pro computer to act as a file server for a small home network. I'm not so worried about logins and quota management. Jut want to be able to access my files from any computer on the local network. I was looking into Windows Server 2008 (I have a student copy I'm using for some classes I'm taking) but to find an AV app for that could cost me around $385 for ESET Smart Security.

Any opinions, suggestions? My biggest concern is people hacking in and gaining access to the "server" computer (whether I make a true client-server system with Server 2008 or a peer-to-peer system with just using Win7 Pro).


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions - using Win7 Pro computer as a "file server"
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:10 am 
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Sure you can. It's actually not all that hard in XP Pro.

And, doing this will afford you the opportunity to learn - very well - network share permissions & priveledges. ;)

The quick and dirty, if you want the shares to be locked down rather well:
- all of your client user accounts should have a 'strong' password
- you'll want the same accounts (matching username / password) to exist on the server
- Guest account disabled on the server
- the Everyone group should be removed from the share access list
- each account should be given explicit access to each share, and given the level of access that you want to grant. Do this for each share.

That's the basics. Feel free to ask questions as you progress on this.

HTH


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions - using Win7 Pro computer as a "file server"
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:09 pm 
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cbassett01 wrote:
Jut want to be able to access my files from any computer on the local network.


Isn't that kind of the point of Homegroup?


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions - using Win7 Pro computer as a "file server"
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:42 pm 
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Well Yes, I guess it is. But can you prevent people from modifying files you share with HomeGroup? I also want to be able to "lock" files so people can't delete, rename or modify them, but still be able to read/access them.

Well I guess with a Media-Server, what do people usually use (if they don't use WHS? Are most Media-Servers run with Win7 or what??

I guess I'm still a bit new on some of the home networking features of Win7 (and also the newer Server OSes). I used to do peer-to-peer networking on Windows XP and win98 way back when, but haven't really kept up. Basically, I'm getting tired of having a file be on one computer (and usually that computer is NOT the one I'm using, so I want a way to centrally store my stuff that I can get to from any computer that can connect to my network--wireless or wired).


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions - using Win7 Pro computer as a "file server"
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:50 pm 
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Then set the permissions on your folder(s) so homegroup has read access.


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