Setting Windows Vista Sharing Permissions on Shared Folders

You can share a folder with advanced permissions. You use these permissions to decide who has access to the folder and what those users can do with the folder. You can also apply advanced permissions to entire security groups rather than individual users. For example, if you apply permissions to the Administrators group, those permissions automatically apply to each member of that group.

Before continuing, make sure you have a user account set up for each person who will access the share. Follow these steps to share a folder with advanced permissions:

1. Select Start, and then click your username to open your user profile folder.

2. Click the folder you want to share. If you want to share a subfolder or file, instead, open its folder and then click the subfolder or file.

3. Click the Share button in the task pane. Windows Vista displays the object’s Properties sheet with the Sharing tab selected.

4. Click Advanced Sharing. The User Account Control dialog box appears.

5. Enter your UAC credentials to continue. The Advanced Sharing dialog box appears.

6. Activate the Share This Folder check box.

7. By default, Vista uses the folder name as the share name. If you prefer to use a different name, edit the Share Name text box.

8. In a small network, it’s unlikely you’ll need to restrict the number of users who can access this resource, so you’re probably safe to leave the Limit the Number of Simultaneous Users To spin box value at 10.

9. Click Permissions to display the Permissions for Share dialog box, where Share is the share name you specified in step 7.

10. Select the Everyone group in the Group or User Names list, and then click Remove.

11. Click Add to display the Select Users or Groups dialog box.

12. In the Enter the Object Names to Select text box, type the name of the user or users you want to give permission to access the shared resource (separate multiple usernames with semicolons). Click OK when you’re done.

13. Select a user in the Group or User Names list.

14. Using the Permissions list, you can allow or deny the following permissions:

• Read. Gives the group or user the ability only to read the contents of a folder or file. The user can’t modify those contents in any way.

• Change. Gives the group or user read permission and allows the group or user to modify the contents of the shared resource.

• Full Control. Gives the group or user change permission and allows the group or user to take ownership of the shared resource.

15. Repeat steps 11–14 to add and configure other users or groups.

16. Click OK to return to the Advanced Sharing dialog box.

17. Click OK to return to the Sharing tab.

18. Click Close to share the resource with the network.

Source of Information : Que Networking with Microsoft Windows Vista

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