A shared folder in a network provides a fast and easy way to access and share data wherever you are. Although shared files and folders are most utilized in a corporate environment, even homes will benefit from shared folders. Just imagine not having to go to a computer where a file you want to work on is stored. All you need to do is to go to your networks, look for the shared folder and access the file you need without going anywhere. You can just imagine the tremendous advantage this will give people who work in large companies.
Making a shared folder is not as hard as it sounds. The first thing you need to do is to change the security level of the folder you want to share. Just right click on the folder and click on Properties. Now go the Security tab. Uncheck the box that says ‘Allow Inheritable Permissions from Parent’ so that the change permission levels will apply to the folder.
After doing the initial steps, right click on the folder once again and click on Sharing once again and then choose Share This Folder.
After you’ve done this, click on Permissions. You should now choose the Add on The Permissions dialog box. Now click on Authenticated Users Group. Now choose Authenticated users group and then click on the permission level that says Allow For Full Control.
To make sure that you have done it successfully test the shared folder. Go to your Windows Explorer and look at the folder icon for the shared folder. If you did the steps correctly, that folder icon will have a hand under it, indicating that is being shared. You can now move the files that you want to share with other people. To make sure that things inside your shared folder don’t get too cluttered and confusing, especially if you plan to share many different files, organize them into subfolders. Create new folders within your shared folder and organize the files to these folders. If you want you can create the subfolders to correspond to the network users’ names who you plan to share the different files with. As a reminder, any subfolders created within the shared folder cannot be changed in terms of security. It cannot be set to Private. Additionally, protected files that are transferred to the shared folder will acquire the security preference of the new folder, thus, it will lose its protection status.
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