Sharing Using the Advanced Method
Now that we've made it possible, let's configure the advanced settings. Don't worry; it's not that difficult. Similar to defining NTFS File Permissions, you'll add user or group names to a list.
Once added to the list, you define the types of access you want to give to the particular person(s):
- Read: Users can see the list of files and have the ability to open them, but no edits of any kind are allowed.
- Change: In addition to reading the data, they can create new folders and files and change or delete existing ones.
- Full Control: In addition to the Read and Change privileges, they could modify the file permissions.
These steps help you through the process of configuring the advanced sharing settings:
- Click on a folder and select Sharing (in Vista) or Sharing and Security (in XP).
- In Vista, click the Advanced Sharing button, and attend to the UAC prompt if alerted.
- Check the
Figure 2 shows an example of what you should see now.
- Enter something for the
Name or leave the default.
This won't change the actual folder name; it is what the folder will be called when accessing it from other computers or other accounts on the same PC.
- Click the Permissions button; this is where all the magic is.
- On the Permissions dialog box
shown in Figure 3, list the users and groups you want to create access rules
By default, you'll probably see Everyone receives Read access. Modify the Everyone group and add and remove other users and groups as you desire.
- To add a user or group to
assign it certain permissions, click the
button. In the text box, enter a user or group name on the computer. To search
for these, click the
button, click Find
Now on the new dialog box, select a
desired name, and click
Once you've added the group or user to the permissions dialog define its Read, Change, and Full Control settings.
The sharing permissions are set, but you might not be able to open the folder from other computers yet. You must review, and possibly modify, the NTFS file permissions, as we'll discuss next.