Share folders or disk drives in Windows 10, Windows 8, 7 and XP



How to Share a Disk Across a Network

How to insert a disc into the drive of one computer, and access it on another.

Steps

  1. First, you need to insert the disc into your disc drive.
  2. Open up "my computer" from the start menu, and select your disc by clicking on it once.
  3. Now, right click the disk, and choose "Sharing and Security".
  4. Choose a name for it.
  5. Go onto the computer you want to access the disc from and open up "My Network Places".
    • Your disc should be there, with the name you assigned to it.

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  • This question is very vague in terms of sharing a drive across a network. Is there only one domain or workgroup involved in this LAN or WAN? It is very important to remember when sharing a drive or a folder across a network, group policy or local security policies have to be taken into account. Some policies only allow administrators to access folders across a network and normally the same users have to be built onto each machine or added into the specific share, as you don't want to give outright full control to "everyone" in the share settings. If this is just a small LAN at a department or at a home, then its much easier to manage and trust, however, security policies need to be enforced so not everyone can access or view the contents of this drive. This can leave the drive susceptible to a variety of attacks, worms, viruses, etc., from hackers and black hats.
  • As far as outright sharing goes, you can configure it for sharing in the above mentioned post which is also stated in this link I have provided, or you can also configure it for sharing through command prompt.
  • Ensure only the specific files & folders you want to share are selected. For instance, if you're sharing out the entire contents of your C drive (or whatever partition you have identified as your boot partition where all your OS files are stored), users might unintentionally corrupt the drive by inadvertently deleting or moving files.
  • Configure group policy settings only for specific users to have access and set the permissions for each user. Or if you have large groups in a domain environment and users are assigned to groups, you can share it out to the groups.
  • In a domain environment, there should be policies in place on the computers already that are pushed down from the WSUS or whatever server which is hosting domain services. It is imperative that policies are in place to prevent misuse and hacking at all costs.
  • To access the group policies, you just have to click the windows orb button, and in the search pane you can type run, then hit enter. Once you are in the run command, type gpedit.msc to access the group policy. If you are managing a wide network in a domain environment and not a workgroup setting such as a home or small work department/business, this will have to be done from the server hosting the domain/DNS and group policy services in order to push down to all the systems in the network.





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Date: 06.12.2018, 13:02 / Views: 43431