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Configure File Sharing for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate

You can share a folder or drive on your computer with others on the network. You can also control whether the files in the shared folder can be modified by other users.

Enable Windows File Sharing

  1. Click Start, then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Network and Internet and/or Network and Sharing Center.
  3. In the View your active networks section, click the Connection(s) you use. This could be your Local Area Connection and/or your Wireless Network Connection.
  4. Click Properties.
  5. Verify the box is checked by File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.
  6. Click OK and Close.
  7. Close the Network and Sharing Center control panel window.

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Enable File Sharing through Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP)

  1. Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP), installed on many Dartmouth computers, has a component that needs to be enabled to allow File Sharing.
  2. Click Start, then All Programs, then Symantec Endpoint Protection.
  3. On the left side, click Change Settings.
  4. In Network Threat Protection click Configure Settings.
  5. Click the Microsoft Windows Networking tab.
  6. Verify that All network adapters is selected in the pop-down menu.
  7. Verify the box is checked by Share my files and printers with others on the network.
  8. Click OK and then close the Symantec Endpoint Protection window.

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To Share a Folder on the Network to a Computer Within the Kiewit Domain

  1. Right-click Start, then click Open Windows Explorer. Right-click the folder you want to share, then click Share with > Specific people.... We do not recommend you share an entire drive. Only share the specific folder(s) you want to give other people access to. We do not recommend you share anything with "everyone".
  2. Enter the NetID of the person(s) you want to share this folder with and click Add. You can look up a person's NetID by going to: http://www.dartmouth.edu/comp/systems/netid.html.
  3. When the name appears, choose the Permission Level you want them to have, either Read or Read/Write. You can also Remove a person from this share if you wish. Your account is present and listed as Owner. Click Share.
  4. A new window will appear with two links: one for e-mail and one for copy. Click e-mail. Your email program will open with a message addressed to those who have access to the new share. It will include the link to the folder. Be sure to send the message as html, not plain-text.
  5. Click Done.

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Connecting to a Windows Computer from Another Windows Computer

  1. Be sure you have logged onto your computer with your Kiewit Domain credentials (your NetID and Dartmouth password).
  2. Open the email message the owner of the folder has sent informing you of the shared folder.
  3. Right-click the link in that message and select Copy Link Location.
  4. Click Start, then Run....
  5. Right-click the Open field and paste the Link Location from step 3. Click OK to open the folder.

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Connecting to a Windows 7 Computer from a Mac OS X Computer

  1. Open the email message the owner of the folder has sent informing you of the shared folder.
  2. Right-click or Control-click the link in that message and select Copy Link.
  3. Click Go from the Finder menu bar, then click Connect to Server....
  4. In the Server Address field, paste the Link address. Do NOT click Connect!
    1. You should see an address pasted in that appears similar to the following: file://///<the Windows 7 computer name>/Users/<profile name>/<path to folder>/<shared folder name>.
    2. Carefully highlight and remove ONLY the "file://///" beginning part. Type in "smb://" (without the quotes). Do NOT click Connect!
    3. Next, just after <the Windows 7 computer name> part and just before the first "/", type in ".kiewit.dartmouth.edu" (without the quotes). Do not forget the leading period (.).
      1. For example:  file://///ComputerName/Users/d12345c/Desktop/<shared folder name> would change to
      2. smb://ComputerName.kiewit.dartmouth.edu/Users/d12345c/Desktop/<shared folder name>
  5. Double-check that the changes are correct. If this is a folder you want to easily connect to in the future, click the "+" button to the right of the Server Address field. The server address will be added to the Favorite Servers section.
  6. Click Connect.
  7. You will be prompted for your Kiewit Domain credentials.
    1. Be sure Registered User is selected.
    2. In the Name field, enter: Kiewit\<your NetID> (for example: Kiewit\d12345c).
    3. Enter your Dartmouth password and click Connect.

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Disabling Windows File Sharing

When you have finished sharing the information, we recommend you immediately disable file sharing from the folder you were sharing.

  1. To do this, right-click Start, then click Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Right-click the folder you were sharing, click Properties.
  3. In the Sharing tab, click Advanced Sharing....
  4. Uncheck Share this folder. Click Apply, OK, and Close.

To disable File and Printer Sharing on your computer, do the following:

  1. Click Start, then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Network and Internet and/or Network and Sharing Center.
  3. In the View your active networks section, click on the Connection(s) you use. This could be your Local Area Connection and/or your Wireless Network Connection.
  4. Click Properties.
  5. Uncheck the box by File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.
  6. Click OK and Close. Repeat this for all other connections you may have enabled File and Printer Sharing for.
  7. Close the Network and Sharing Center control panel window.

To turn off the File Sharing option in Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP), just uncheck the box in Step 7 in Enable File Sharing through Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP).

If you have any questions, or need some assistance setting up safe file sharing, please contact the IT Service Desk (Help Desk) at 646-2999 and select from the options provided, send e-mail to help@dartmouth.edu, or call your department's IT support office.

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Last Updated: 10/29/14