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Chapter 18. Networking (for Those Corpor... > Sharing Resources on Your Computer - Pg. 168

Networking (for Those Corporate Types) 168 If you are working on a client-server network, you should be aware that when you are using a program or file on the server, you can lose your work if the server is shut down for any reason. Often, the network administrator shuts down the server for maintenance. The administrator should notify all users in advance so that they can save their work and exit any programs before the shutdown. However, if the server crashes, you are automatically disconnected from the network and any changes you have made to a network file might be lost. On a peer-to-peer network, you also can lose your connection with another computer on the network if that computer happens to lock up or its user decides to shut it down without asking for your okay. Sharing Resources on Your Computer Before you can access disks, folders, files, and printers on your network, the person whose resour- ces you want to use must give you access to his or her computer. For example, a person might want everyone on the network to have access to a customer database but probably would not want to allow everyone on the network to modify that database. The user or network administrator can assign various levels of access to specific users or resources to prevent unauthorized use of a particular resource on the server. In addition, before anyone else can access files or folders on your computer, you must enter settings that give that person access to your computer. To enable other users to access folders or files on your computer in Windows 95 or later versions, take the following steps: 1. 2. Run My Computer or Windows Explorer. Right-click the icon for the disk or folder you want to share and choose Sharing. The Properties dialog box for the selected disk or folder appears with the Sharing tab in front, as shown in Figure 18.3.