Windows XP Professiona Sharing Disks and Folders
Once the network has been checked /
configured, you can access other
To allow other systems to access data on your disks / in your
folders, you have to give
Permission for this : you have to share
your disks and/or folders :
(the procedure for sharing on the Professional Edition is
different to Sharing
on XP Home )
Select the disk to be shared (for example in "My
Computer") and right-click to get the popup-menu:
||Unlike the XP Home-Edition,
where the system will display
some additional information concerning security issues,
you are as a user of Windows XP Professional expect to
know what you are doing and you have to handle yourself
any seruity issue
||Sharing only folders is more
selective and not such a high
security problem :
Once you have selected the
folder to be shared, make
either a Right-click to select
"Sharing and Security..."
or select from the
"File and Folder Tasks"
(on the left side) to :
"Share this folder"
||If you have
installed Windows XP Professional
and you get this windows for Sharing, then your
system is configured for "Simple File
(same method as in Sharing for
Windows XP Home) :
(see also Windows XP Simple
Sharing and ForceGuest of
the Windows XP Professional Resource Kit )
||Open "My Comuter" and select
from "Tools" to
Display the "Folder Options..." :
Tab : "View", section "Advanced
To deactivate the "Simple File Sharing",
uncheck the option :
||The process of sharing a disk or folder
to the procedure used on Windows
NT4 and Windows 2000.
There is already an "invisible" disk-sharing
allowing network administrator to access the disk.
To create a share, which will be displayed in the
Network Neighborhood, create a "New Share".
||Enter the name of the share, as to be used on the
and as to be displayed in the Network Neighborhood.
You can change the "Permisisons"
||By default, all users
defined on your XP Professional
system will have full permisisons.
You can reduce the permissons (for example to allow
only Read-access ) and/or you could add a different
group of users to have access permisison (but then you
should delete the group "Everyone"
from this list).
||You can then select the different share-names from
the drop-down list, to be able to view/modify the
permissions or to remove the sharing.
Once a disk or folder is shared,
the icon will show it via the "holding hand :"
On NTFS disks / partitions, you can also controll access via Security.
You can check the
usage of the shared resource via the network (files used, users connected).