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Chapter 28. Managing Users > Simple File Sharing

Simple File Sharing

While home users are typically happy letting anyone at any computer read or modify any file, business users usually need to restrict access to files with payroll, personnel, and proprietary information. Windows XP and its predecessors, Windows NT and Windows 2000, were designed for business use, so they require usernames and passwords for identification, and have a security system that lets computer owners restrict access to sensitive files on a user-by-user basis.

Unfortunately, on a Windows peer-to-peer or workgroup network, there is no centralized list of authorized usernames. This makes maintaining control of who is and isn’t permitted to access network files on each computer difficult. Here’s why: When you attempt to use a file or printer shared by another computer, Windows sends your username and password to the other computer. In versions of Windows prior to XP


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