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workgroup security
jebrighton Jun-06-01 12:59 PM
I have a peer-to-peer network with 11 PCs and 3 workgroups. Within the workgroups, lots of files are shared. However, members of other workgroups do not need to share these files or folders. We cannot have multiple networks because we all share a cable modem. Without having to key in passwords, is there any way I can prevent members of one workgroup from accessing files on another workgroup. What do I need to accomplish this? I assume it must be software, but there is no server here.

1. RE: workgroup security
lbyard Jun-06-01 02:28 PM
In response to message 0
Members of one workgroup should not be able access shares in another workgroup. Can they? Of course, there is no way, short of watching them, to stop a user from changing the workgroup on his or her computer. If you want tighter security your practical choices are:
1)Physically separate the network.
2)Change from share-level to User-level access (Start, Settings, Control Panel, Network, Access Control)
3)Purchase a file server and set-up a domain, etc.
4)Develop administrative procedures and trust your users to abide by them

The second two depend on passwords. Larry


2. RE: workgroup security
JKennedy55 Jun-07-01 07:06 PM
In response to message 1
Check out a thrid party tool such as access administrator or security administrator, they work well with workgoups and 95/98 boxes. Not much security you can do with workgroups to keep people out of files ect. Have you thought about going with a Domain Model?

3. RE: workgroup security
jebrighton Jun-07-01 07:55 PM
In response to message 2
I never heard of the third party tools you mentioned but will try to find them. ALso Domain Model is new. You can see I am a novice at this network stuff.

4. RE: workgroup security
lbyard Jun-07-01 08:53 PM
In response to message 3
He means a file server such as Windows NT/2000 server or Novell that can setup and control a domain. A domain has more security options/refinements than a Windows workgroup. Larry

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