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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-29-2002, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Sharing computer on network

ok, i'm totally lost here... i know what I want to do, yet I cant figure out how to do it. I want to share the drives on my computer over the network, but need a password to log-on. This is so i can access my computer during classes and not have to drag disks around with me.

I had a fellow student help me, but all it ended up doing was make me need a password when logging into XP, but anyone on the network could access my computer (read only). I want to have full privelages, read/write/execute shared, but I want to be the only one who can access it. I've already picked up the Nimda virus once since being on the network and dont need anyone else to have easy access to hack my shit.
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What version of XP ... Professional or Home? If it's professional then you can share a folder ... the key is that since you aren't logging in on a domain that your username and password need to be the same on both your laptop and your desktop. Also makes sure the administrator account has a password or anyone would be able to get into your computer.

I don't know if this makes sense for you but if it is XP Professional then you can do a remote desktop from your laptop. If it also has XP then you won't need to install any additional software. If it is Windows 2000 then you can download a client off microsofts site. That way you could use your laptop like a dummy terminal without the need to share anything at all on the network.

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I'm running XP Pro, but i'm not trying to access it from a laptop as i dont have one - i want to get on my computer through the computers in the lab running 2000 pro
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Is your file system NTFS or Fat 32?
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I think if you are running Fat 32 it is possible to password protect folders but I have never used it.

If you are running NTFS then you would create users under
control panel->adminstrative tools->computer management and give those users permissions to connect to shared folders.

When connecting you should be prompted with a connect as dialog. If the computer lab is running on a Novell network I am not sure if the above would work.
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motherfucker... this is really pissing me off... I still cant get it to work and somebody threw the damn Nimda virus into my shared folder again....
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I work at a University (Boston U) every student gets an account (email) etc on a Unix system with 3MB of storage...

I would just email the files or ftp them up to my account and download them to the computer in the lab... I was doing that myself back in the early 90's when I was a student.

A University network is virus heaven to say the least... definitely do not run web services on your computer... we had a lot of problems with the nimda virus infecting IIS... I have also read that it can spread through open network shares.

Do you have an adminstrator account on your computer without a password? That might be how it keeps ending up in your shared folder.

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The e-mail thing is a good idea - never thought of that before. We have either 50 or 100 megs of space on the server and have 20 meg limits on our e-mails so I think I'll just do that.

as for everything else, i disabled all sharing on my computer...
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Nimbda can't be spread unless you're running IIS somewhere and it isn't patched. Naturally if your drives are network shared with full access, they are vunerable.
I don't know your level of awareness of Nimbda, but it's almost impossible to clean up (properly) without a reformat of the affected system. Otherwise, it will lay in hiding and dis-eminate itself into your system after some time.
As for sharing your drives, XP changed the process (from NT and Win2k) and I don't remember the extra step at the moment (I don't use XP unless I'm force to do so).
Good luck.
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