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Sharing Folders

By right-clicking a shared folder and selecting Properties, you see a window that allows you to configure its properties: General, Sharing, and Security (see Figure 10.21). (Note that not all of these options appeared when we were looking at Windows 9x.) Under the Sharing tab, you can configure various permission settings by clicking the Permissions button (see Figure 10.22). Sharing folders allows remote access to folders on your hard drive by other computers on the network. Specific users or groups can be granted Full Control, Read-Only, or Change access to the folder. NT gives you much greater control for securing folder shares. Now instead of simple password protection provided in Windows 9x, you have user-level security that requires a username and password for access. You also have the ability to specify what actions a user can perform on this share - such as Read, Write, or Full Control. Under the Security tab, shown in Figure 10.23, Permissions, Auditing, and Ownership of the folder can be set.

Figure 10.21. General permissions on files and folders.



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