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I had to reformat my file server, but now I can't set it to prompt for username/password when someone is trying to access the shared folders within the LAN. Before reformatting I was able to set it to that behavior. Is there any to set it like that again? Thanks.
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post #2 of 8

Do any of these search results tell you what you want to know, or are you asking for something different than this?

 

https://classic.startpage.com/do/search?query=how+to+password+protect+shared+folders+in+windows+7

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I kinda found a workaround for it for now. I enabled the folders to be accessible by Everyone, but I only limit the concurrent user to 1. So as long as I have a window open no one else can access it on my LAN.
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post #4 of 8
On a workgroup..
Create a local user on the sharing desktop(windows 7), and then share the folder to that new user. Whenever a client tries to access that shared folder it should ask for a username and a password.
The clients should be entering \\(win7_hostname)\(win7_newuser), then the password you've set.
post #5 of 8

Workgroups are very insecure. I recommend setting the local network only to be accessible through accounts and passwords. This can be done through Network And Sharing Centre -> Change Advanced Sharing Settings -> Private -> Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers.

 

Then you can set who can access what yourself through the

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Thanks for the replies. I'm having another issue with the server right now, I was able to connect to it through Remote Desktop Connection yesterday, but when I tried to do it just now it failed. I haven't changed anything since yesterday. So there are some other issues with the server. I'll try your suggestions once I got this sorted out. Thanks.
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Ok, I got the server to connect again by using wifi rather than powerline network adapter. Now it'll ask for username and password when I try to connect to any of the shared folders, however, it says my password is incorrect. I'm 100% sure the password is correct. I might have to try a different OS.

Edit: After restarting both computers, it works. Now it behaves just like before the reformat, I have to enter the username and password to access any shared folders from my file server. Let's hope this doesn't break again tomorrow.
Edited by awdrifter - 8/29/16 at 9:45pm
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Sounds like something is seriously broken in Windows. My 8.1 server has been running perfectly for the past month. I never reboot it so before I lost power four days ago it ran for weeks on end without even the slightest slowdown, so for your server to behave like this is a little odd to me.

 

This is my second server, the previous one was basically the same apart from the board (awful MSI C40-45) and a dGPU (9800GT as the board had no iGPU) and while I hated that server because of that worse than awful motherboard it also ran for weeks on end without a reboot.

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