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Windows 7 File Share


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#1 drnate

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 03:58 PM

Hello!

 

I am a volunteer (non-trained) offsite computer technician for our church.  This is a peer to peer network with computers running Windows 7.  Our office manager stepped down and I want to change her login information so the system remains secure.  Her workstation is the central location for most of the church's files.  Other users use her Windows account for file sharing (i.e. when the connect to that workstation, and the computer prompts them for a username and password, they simply use hers).  If I want only the new office manager to know what the password is, do I also set up accounts for each human on her computer?  Can I hide them on the login screen so the new manager is not overwhelmed by the number of users?

 

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 06:23 PM

I don't know much...but having multiple system users run through one user account...seems to me to be an incredible violation of basic control and system access.

 

Each user, each person...with access to any data on a given computer or network...should have her/his own account, with access privileges determined by a responsible person in charge of network/system security.

 

The procedure for sharing files...between valid users...is determined by simply following the file-sharing protocols for Win 7 on each system.  However extensive or however limited such may be...in terms of data volume...should be determined by each system/network user.

 

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Edited by hamluis, 03 October 2017 - 06:28 PM.


#3 drnate

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 12:01 PM

OK. Thank you (sorry so late, I had regular job stuff that took up some time).  So it sounds like I should set up multiple accounts on the office manager's computer.  Can I hide them withour disabling them?



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Posted 07 October 2017 - 12:31 PM

There is some good information regarding multiple user accounts which can be found here.


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 01:28 PM

You should also ensure that the user accounts are NOT administrators. Best practice is to set up one admin account, restrict who has access to that password, and then set up regular user accounts for all other users, and in a workgroup environment set up those local accounts only on the computers they will be using.

 

This will create issues when users try to do things like install software, but you probably don't want them doing that anyway...



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Posted 09 October 2017 - 05:14 AM

Yes, you can set up account for each user. 
On Windows, the “Public” user’s folders are accessible to all users. You’ll find this folder under C:\Users\Public by default. Files you place in any of these folders will be accessible to other users, so it’s a good way to share files. 
 
To set a security for file folders right-click a folder anywhere in the file system and select Properties. Use the options on the Security tab to change the folder’s permissions and make it accessible to different user accounts. You’ll need administrator access to do this. Hope this will help!


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 03:27 PM

Thank you for the help!  Is the public folder accessible to anyone whether they have credentials or not?






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