Is there any way for shared drives connected to all access to ALL subfolders and files?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Jahfre, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. Jahfre

    Jahfre Guest

    I can share a drive, no problem. No one can actually touch any of th
    data on that drive unless I specifically share each item one by one. I
    there a way to share a drive and automatically have EVERYTHING on tha
    drive be accessible to network users
    Jahfre, Feb 17, 2009
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  2. Jahfre

    Malke Guest

    See if this information from Michael Bell of MS helps:

    When you share out the root of a drive in Vista, the UI only allows this
    through the advanced sharing option. When the advanced sharing option is
    used it only sets the share permissions. The actual permissions on a file
    share are a combination of Folder and Share permissions. In Vista the
    everyone group doesn not have permissions so when you connect without a
    password the system you can see the folders but not access them or possibly
    connect to the share but fail to open it.

    1. Open Computer
    2. Right click on the shared drive and select properties from the context
    3. Select the Security Tab in the displayed properties sheet.

    If you are connecting to the computer with no password then you are
    connecting with the guest account. In order to access the files on the
    drive, the everyone group needs to have access set here.

    Malke, Feb 17, 2009
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  3. Hi
    Some folders (mainly system related) in vista can not be freely shared No
    matter what you do.
    If you are the only user and do not care about security.
    Make a Folder under C:\
    Build sub Folders (directories) system under this Folder (like My Photos, My
    Shares, My Docs, whatever).
    Switch On Vista's Guest Account. Make in the security settings of the
    Guest's Account Co-Owners with Full Permission.
    Set the new main folder that you made to Full Share, and viola, every thing
    under this folder and its sub folders would be available on the Network
    without any name and any need for password.
    Jack \(MVP-Networking\)., Feb 17, 2009
  4. Jahfre

    Jahfre Guest

    Thanks for the quick replies. I see the goal makes a ton of difference.
    I'm talking about sharing multiple external hard drives with terabytes
    of information. I am the only user and I have three machines, one XP,
    one W2K and one Vista ... The Vista machine turned me from a
    plug-n-play networker to a full time network administrator trying to
    keep all my external storage available to every machine...when I need
    it. I'm not bashing Vista here, there have been all kinds of issues from
    firewalls to routers that Vista wasn't responsible for. With Vista it
    is mainly that common things are gone and familiar things don't work the
    way they used to. So I do a lot of wrong stuff because I think I should
    know what I'm doing...when I don't.

    Your tip worked, Malke. I had some drives with the right permissions
    and some that did not. It takes a LONG time to set security settings
    that way on the volumes of data I'm dealing with but it did the trick.

    Thanks again,
    Jahfre, Feb 18, 2009
  5. Jahfre

    Malke Guest

    I'm glad that sorted it for you. Thanks for taking the time to let us know.

    Malke, Feb 18, 2009
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