Enable File Sharing in Windows® 2000
What is file sharing in Windows 2000? How can we enable it?
The file sharing functionality is provided with Windows 2000. The user who is working on the Windows 2000 operating systems can share the files and folders on the system with the workgroup computers or with the devices in the home network. All the Windows operating systems from Windows 95 have file sharing as a built in feature. The file sharing feature is useful for the users in the home network or in work groups. The file sharing option can be enabled from the 'Network Connections' option in 'Control Panel'. Right-click on the network connection on which the file sharing is needed and select 'Properties'. In the window that appears, select the 'Networking' tab and check the 'File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Windows' option.
Discussed below are some tips to enable file sharing in Windows 2000:
- Tips to set-up security for the files to be shared
- Steps to share the files
- Tips to access the shared files
Tips to set-up security for the files to be shared
The security for the files that are to be shared with the network and the other workgroup systems is necessary since the chances of intruders on the network are more. The security aspects also hold importance while the user only needs to share some files with the other users. The security of the file to be shared can be configured from the security tab at the 'Properties' option. The 'Firewall' option should also be configured on the system according to the security concerns.
Steps to share the files
The files can be shared over the network with the help of the steps mentioned below. Click on the 'Start' menu and then select the 'Programs' option. Now choose 'Accessories' and then click on 'Windows Explorer'. In the explorer window, choose the folder that should be shared and right-click on the folder icon. Then click on 'Sharing' option and in the sharing dialog box, configure the sharing options like setting permissions, adding the users, etc. Set full control permission and also allow the other users to access the shared folder.
The shared folder can be accessed from the system through network. Depending upon the level of permission granted by the user, other users can perform various tasks upon the shared folder. Various options for accessing the shared files on the Windows 2000 operating system includes through network places, mapping network drive option, universal naming convention etc. The users should also be aware about the name of the computer in the workgroup or on the network while accessing the shared folder. The computer that is connected to the system will appear in the network places list and the user can access the folder by clicking on the shared files and folder option.
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