Networking Questions and Answers - Setting Up File Shares
David writes in with a networking question Question:I am the administrator of a home network of 4 computers all using Windows XP pro. I am also the one who uses the main computer. I have file sharing enabled on the main and 2 of the secondary computers. ***Is there a way to have the third secondary computer share files with the main but not the other 2 secondary computers? NETWORK SETUP shared main (PCMCIA + 1 NIC) -->Unshared secondary (2 NIC) --> shared secondary (2 NIC) --> shared secondary (1 NIC).
Answer: You can setup shares on the third computer then edit the sharing/security properties of the shared folders so that only the main computer can see them. This is done by giving access to the shares to the user account you log in with on the main computer and not the user accounts from the other computers. This is assuming you log in with different usernames on each one. If you add your account to the third computer as an administrator then you can access all the folders on the third computer by using the administrative share.