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Sharing and Mapping
After you have made all required Network setup on the
"Control-Panel","Network" for Installing the MS PC-to-PC Network, you
are now ready to connect.
On a Windows95/98 network, you can ONLY use the simple 'Share-level
access control', but NOT the more advanced 'User-level access control' (for that, you need to be connected to a NOVELL or
Windows NT server, from which Windows95/98 can 'borrow' the
You should see the menu-item "Sharing" (if it is NOT
there, then the "File and Print Sharing" is not
installed or somebody deactivated
File-Sharing), which you select:
Declare the disk/directory as "Shared as", you can
define/modify the "Share Name" (make it a good
explanation), then define the "Access-Type":
As an indication, that a disk/directory is "shared",
it is now marked with the special icon (the hand "giving
away" the access to the data).
Once a system has shared something (a disk, a directory or a
printer), it becomes visible in the "Network
Neighborhood" on the desk-top.
( If you get only error-messages, when opening the
"Network Neighborhood", check which system is the Browse-Master , the Browse-Master
list may not yet be updated and you either need to wait for the Browse-Master to update the list, which can
take a while, or you use Find
Computer to locate the system, which you like to connect to).
It shows now all "available" items on that system,
select it and the info will be displayed, as on your local disk.
You can now use the full "Windows Explorer" function
(copy, delete, run,..). But it is often more comfortable (and for
some programs even requested) to declare such a network
connection as a "virtual disk", a disk, which does NOT
exist on your own system, but which is only "emulated",
while the data is actually stored on the disk on a system
somewhere on the network.
and select the menu-item "Map Network
Windows proposes the next available drive-character (which you
can change to any un-used drive-character). You can also define,
whether this "drive-mapping" should be
"reconnected on restarting your system (which is usually
You can now use this "Network Disk" like your own
local drives (of course only within the permissions defined
In some configurations, users work on different computers, and
it is then confusing for them, if on one system, the data is on
drive C:, while in the other systems it is on G:.
(some people advised me, that this behavior is a 'bug' in the
first Windows95 versions, but I still have the same with the
Windows 95B OSR2 release).