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Chapter 37. Sharing Network Resources > Understanding Sharing, Windows Shares, ...

Understanding Sharing, Windows Shares, and Security

Sharing is a critical part of almost any Windows-based network. Sharing in Windows networks means users can make resources on their computers available to other users. Without sharing, users are forced to copy the files and folders they want so that other users are free to access the network server volume. In a more specific scenario, let's say that a coworker is working with a set of files related to a project, and those files are stored in a folder on the coworker's computer. Let's also say that you need to read and possibly edit one of those files. If the person shared the folder where the files are located, you could access any of the files in the folder from your desktop as if the files were stored on your machine.

In addition to sharing folders, users can share other resources on their computers. An example of another resource a user would share is a printer. Suppose that a coworker's machine is attached to a color inkjet printer and that you need to print a color presentation. You could disconnect the color inkjet and attach it to your computer, but networking offers a better solution. Your coworker could share the computer, you could attach to it over the network, and then you could print to the printer as if it were directly attached to your computer.


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