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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       01 Jul 2018 #10

    UnsharedMan said: View Post
    This has given me an idea, is it possible to create a user on each PC just for the purpose of sharing and then saving the login details in such a way that it won't require inputting each time a PC wants access?
    Requiring password protected sharing would be the easiest way to prevent others on the network from being able to access the shares without having to mess with advanced file and sharing permissions.
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  2.    31 Jul 2018 #11

    UnsharedMan said: View Post
    Perhaps I should clarify...

    Solution for UnsharedMan's request:
    Share a resource with selected users on your network, with individual permissions for each (should you want that).

    A. Set-up the users.
    1 - open computer management (compmgmt.msc)
    2 - expand to Local User and Groups > Users
    3 - right-click in the list pane (or users folder in the tree pane) > add new user
    4 - fill the forms accordingly..
    - name and password
    - uncheck users must change passwords and select user cannot change password (and 'password never expires', should you want to)
    5 - press create button
    5.1 - for security reasons, you should change the member group to guest:
    - right-click on the newly created user and select properties
    - switch to members of tab
    - delete the default users group
    - press add (new group) > type 'guests' in the enter objects names field > press check name button > press OK (if the query was successful)
    Repeat the process (3 to 5.1) for all the individual network users you want to add (different names and passwords, obviously)
    NOTE: this method does not create regular accounts on your system (with user folders and logon entries).

    B. Set-up the shares.
    1 - right-click on the folder you want to share
    2 - properties > share tab > advanced sharing > (make desired changes in this window) > permissions
    3 - remove everyone from the list
    4 - pres add button
    5 - type the name you entered in step A-4 in the enter objects names field > press check name button > press OK (if the query was successful)
    6 - select the read/write permissions you desire for this user
    Repeat steps 4 to 6 in this section for all the users you want to share this particular resource with
    7 - confirm all windows until done

    C. Give the network users their credentials (name and password).

    This method offers granular control over shares (individual users with individual permissions).
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  3.    31 Jul 2018 #12

    Thank you angelotti.

    I solved my problem in a similar way but forgot to mention it here.

    I simple created a new user on all the PCs called "Sharing" and gave them the same password(to remember easily) and stored the credentials on all the PCs and gave Read/Write permissions to the "Sharing" user on each PC's shared folders.

    It eventually dawned on me that HomeGroup was kind of a psuedo-user with a password and permissions and so I tried to recreate that and it works.
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  4.    28 Oct 2018 #13

    Hi Brink great tutorial as usual.

    I could not help but notice in step 1 you say to enable " Function Discovery Resource Publication "

    In most of the posts I have read on Ten Forums they also suggest to enable " Function Discovery Provider Host "

    Are you suggesting that Function Discovery Provider Host is not necessary.
    you also have to have for network discovery so you can "SEE" the other computer shares these services on
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  5.    4 Weeks Ago #14

    Hi there,

    Being an advanced Windows user I am kind of puzzled on why I am now unable to easily share some folders between my two Windows 10 computers which are sitting on the same network.

    I have followed the tutorial, indeed my services were switched off (why?) and I can now see the computers under network.

    I have shared an HDD (using advanced sharing though, my SHARE button is greyed out and for the love of God I cannot find why - yes, my Sharing Wizard is enabled). I have "everyone" set as default but still I cannot access the share from the other PC.

    If I enable password protection, then my user is not recognised. If I disabled it, the system just says I do not have permission to access the share.

    Please can someone help me? I would think that in 2018 having two Windows 10 PC on the same network would have been a piece of cake but...

    Thank you!
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