win2k workgroup question

Fiveohhh

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Just wondering what I need to do so that i can have our computers(about 12) in a workgroup and have filesharing work. I heard there was a thing with win2k that you needed the guest account enabled to make it work. is there anyother way w/o enabling the guest account, I just want to have a shared folder on each computer that the others can access, and if possible pw protect it. right now when I try to access it it prompts me for a PW to even see the computer.
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skyking

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Set it up on all computers so that each user must log on. Please do not have anyone logging on as admin, if possible. Sometimes this is not possible, depending on how the computer was used up to this point in time.
Enable filesharing for microsoft networks.
Enable client for microsoft networks.
Put each user on each machine, as a regular user, same password.
Share the folder you want on each machine.
Now some stranger will not be able to walk in and plug in a laptop, and look at your shares.
 

Fiveohhh

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Thanks, is there anyway to do it without having to setup an account on each machine? Its not that big of a hassle, but one I'd rather do w/o.
 

skyking

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you asked for password protection. that is the best way to do that, short of setting up a DC.

If you were into unix, etc.......
You could set up any old computer as a samba server, and put the same users on that. They would have a private folder, that no one else could get to, and there could be a public folder that everyone could use to pass files around.
 

Fiveohhh

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cool thanks for thats what I'm going to have to do. If we just had a seperate computer here running win2k and used it as a file server, would I than just need an account for everyone on that? Thanks again your help is most appreciated. I tried getting them to do a DC, but they grasp why you'd buy a computer and OS that you wouldn't be sitting in front of and using:p
 

skyking

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yes you could set up a 2k box for a fileserver, but there are a maximum number of connections it will support. I think it is 10. After that, Ms wants you to get 2k server or advanced server:)