Share folders only with workgroup members - how to

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Bill W, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. Bill W

    Bill W Guest

    Friends are visiting from out of state and connected to my secure home
    network with their laptop for internet access. We were surprised that they
    could also see my shared folders even though our workgroup names are

    Is there a way to restrict shared folder access to only members of my
    workgroup - specifically, allow only the 3 computers (2-XP, 1-Vista) on my
    home network to see each other's shared folders?

    Thank you.
    Bill W, Jul 2, 2009
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  2. Bill W

    Malke Guest

    Workgroups are a cosmetic organizational device only; they provide no
    security. Security for files/folders is not done by computer (Workgroup
    members) but by *user*.

    Vista Identity Management and Access Control - TechNet -

    How to disable Simple Sharing and set permissions on a shared folder in
    Windows XP (Pro only)

    How to configure file sharing in Windows XP (includes information about

    By default in XP Home, you can only make files and folders under My
    Documents "private". Otherwise, to see the security tab in WinXP Home,
    restart in Safe mode and log on with an account that has administrator
    privileges. To get into Safe Mode, repeatedly tap the F8 key as the
    computer is starting up. This will get you to the menu where you can choose
    Safe Mode.

    Note that the file system must be NTFS, not FAT32.

    Malke, Jul 2, 2009
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  3. Bill W

    Malke Guest

    You're very welcome. Happy to help.

    Malke, Jul 2, 2009
  4. Bill W

    Bill W Guest

    Thank you for your help. This is exactly what I need. Thanks again.
    Bill W, Jul 2, 2009
  5. No, there isn't. Workgroups serve no practical purpose. In
    particular, they don't provide any type of access control.

    A computer in any workgroup can access a computer in any workgroup.
    Best Wishes,
    Steve Winograd, MS-MVP (Windows Desktop Experience)

    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Program
    Steve Winograd [MS-MVP], Jul 28, 2009
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