Is it possible to allow network file sharing only over one network?

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    Is it possible to allow network file sharing only over one network?


    Hello,

    I was wondering if network file sharing can be allowed only over my office's WiFi and disable on all other networks such as hotspots.
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    The only way that I know of is to make the office WiFi a private network and designate all other networks connected to as public.
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    NavyLCDR said:
    The only way that I know of is to make the office WiFi a private network and designate all other networks connected to as public.
    I was thinking the same but wanted to ask around if there was another method.

    Tell me, how does Windows determine if a network is private or public?

    Because I can set my office network to private but I have no idea if someone connects hotspot, Windows will automatically decide that it's private too.
    Is there a way to by default make all new networks public?
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    lolcocks said:
    Tell me, how does Windows determine if a network is private or public?
    You tell it the first time you connect to it. There should be a pop up asking what to make that network.

    But you can change them in network settings.

    Settings ==> Network ==> change connection properties.
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    Soapm said:
    You tell it the first time you connect to it. There should be a pop up asking what to make that network.

    But you can change them in network settings.

    Settings ==> Network ==> change connection properties.
    Well that's sad. Anyone can change it then.
    And I am guessing it doesn't even require Administrator account.
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    lolcocks said:
    Well that's sad. Anyone can change it then.
    And I am guessing it doesn't even require Administrator account.
    Not that I know of, are you fearing users will move the connection to private? I keep public locked down.

    Maybe there is a policy setting the Admin can use to lock it down???
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    Look in group policy editor, under User Configuration->Administrative Templates->Network->Network Connections. Specifically, "Prohibit access to properties of a LAN connection".
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