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Configure File Sharing for Windows XP Professional

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.

Share a Drive or Folder on the Network to a Computer Outside the Kiewit Domain

  1. Right-click Start, then click Explore. Right-click on the drive or folder you want to share, then click Sharing and Security. We do not recommend you share an entire drive. Only share the specific folder(s) you want to give other people access to.
  2. Do one of the following:
    1. If the Share this folder on the network check box is available, select the check box.
    2. If the Share this folder on the network check box is not available, this computer is not on a network. If you would like to set up a home or small office network, click the Network Setup Wizard link and follow the instructions to turn on file sharing. Once file sharing is enabled, begin this procedure again.

Note: When you share a drive or folder, anyone who has user access to the network can read the contents of that drive or folder.

To Allow Shared Files to Be Changed

  1. If you want users to have full access to the files of your shared drive or folder, follow steps 1 above to get to the Sharing tab.
  2. On the Sharing tab, in Network sharing and security, select the Allow network users to change my files check box.

To Change the Name of Your Folder on the Network

  1. In the Share name text box, type a new name for your folder. This will not change the name of the folder on your computer. If you are logged on as a guest (a guest account provides access to the computer for any user who does not have a user account on the computer), you cannot create a shared folder. 
  2. The Sharing option is not available for the Documents and Settings, Program Files, and WINDOWS system folders. In addition, you cannot share folders in other user's profiles.

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

  1. Right-click Start, then click Explore. Right-click the folder you want to share, then click Sharing and Security. We do not recommend you share an entire drive. Only share the specific folder(s) you want to give other people access to. On the Sharing tab, click Share this folder
  2. Click Permissions, then Add. In the Enter the Object Names to Select field, enter the user accounts of the specific people to whom you want to give access to this folder. Accounts should be entered in the format KIEWIT\John_A_Doe. Make sure to add yourself to the list of people with access to this folder. On the Share Permissions tab, select each user you added and indicate what type of privileges they have to the files within this folder.

You should either remove the user Everyone from the Sharing window, or give the user Everyone no rights at all. In other words, select Everyone from the list of Groups or User Names, then remove all the checks in the Permissions section at the bottom of the Share Permissions tab.

Once a folder is shared the folder's icon will appear with a hand beneath it.

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Connecting to a Windows Computer from Another Windows Computer

From the Start menu, select Run, then enter two slashes (\\) followed by the DNS name or the current IP address of the target computer (such as \\Johnsmithdell.kiewit.dartmouth.edu). You will then be prompted to login using an appropriate name and password for the computer you are connecting to. If you are logging in to a computer that is in the Kiewit domain, the login format will be KIEWIT\John_A_Doe, and you password will be your Dartmouth Name Directory (DND) password. Once logged in, the folders that were set to share will become available.

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

From the connecting computer, select Go from the Finder Tool bar, then from the Go menu select Connect to Server. In the Connect to Server window in the Server Address field enter the DNS name or IP address of the computer you want to connect to. The syntax for the address is smb://computername.kiewit.dartmouth.edu. Note that forward slashes (//) are used for the SMB address when using Mac OS X.

When you are prompted to login, be sure to enter your user name and password as you do for the Windows computer (i.e. John_A_Doe).  If there is a Workgroup/Domain field, enter KIEWIT. Select the volume you want to access.

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Disabling Windows File Sharing

When you have finished sharing the information, we recommend you immediately disable file sharing. To do this, right-click Start, then click Explore. Right-click the folder you shared and select Sharing and Security. On the Sharing tab, select Do not share this folder.

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: 1/27/10