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OK, I am almost done with my HTPC, and have a question about sharing folders.
I am planning on putting all my movies on the HTPC and then sharing that Drive with the network (I know how to do this).

My question is, is there a way to give complete shared access to 1 computer on the network (my desktop) and only read access to another computer (my kids). I want them to be able to watch movies from their computer, but don't want them to be able to accidentaly delete them or move them and such, but be able to have full access from my desktop to add, remove and change them if needed.

All computers are running XP Pro right now, but the HTPC will probably be getting Vista Premium (maybe 64 bit?).
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Yes,through Active Directory you can set permision based on who is accessing the shared media. I believe in vista you simply right click > properties > sharing > advanced to do this in Vista.
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OK, I don't see this option in XP though (will be a few months till I get Vista).
I googled "Active directory" and am more confused now than before.
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post #4 of 14
Active Directory is only on Windows Server OS's. It is not the solution for you.

There should be permissions somewhere... just a moment and I'll post back.

EDIT: Actually, I don't think it is possible to set specific permissions like that with XP unless you are on a domain (with a server)... You might look for some 3rd-party app that would accomplish the same purpose though. Good luck!
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Active Directory is only on Windows Server OS's. It is not the solution for you.

There should be permissions somewhere... just a moment and I'll post back.
Ish, desktop versions of XP and Vista still have Active Directory installed, they're just not as configurable as they are with a server. I think anyways.... pretty sure..

and yes, Active Directory is a beast for a new networker, but its pwnage awesome control.
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Ish, desktop versions of XP and Vista still have Active Directory installed, they're just not as configurable as they are with a server. I think anyways.... pretty sure..

and yes, Active Directory is a beast for a new networker, but its pwnage awesome control.
Yep, you're right, but it's only useable if you are logging in as a domain member... I don't see any options to use it just logged in as a workgroup machine.
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Yea, I came across a few sites when googling that were talking about enabling Active Directory in XP. Way over my head.

So Vista for sure has this ability? All versions, or just some? I was looking at Premium.

I have enough HDD space right now to just create a second folder for just their movies, so I may just have 2 copies on the disk, one with a shortcut on their desktop with read only, and another with all movies still in the network, just not as available to them.
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Yea, I came across a few sites when googling that were talking about enabling Active Directory in XP. Way over my head.

So Vista for sure has this ability? All versions, or just some? I was looking at Premium.

I have enough HDD space right now to just create a second folder for just their movies, so I may just have 2 copies on the disk, one with a shortcut on their desktop with read only, and another with all movies still in the network, just not as available to them.
No I'm pretty sure Vista and XP DO NOT have that ability, unless you are logging in to a server with them. Since you do not have a Server OS running, this is impossible. So the integrated Active Directory services WILL NOT work for you!

You'll either have to install Windows Server on a system, set up a system as a server using Linux, or find some third-party software that might accomplish the same purpose as Active Directory.
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OK, thanks
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Right click the file/folder Properties < Security.

Add your account and give it full control. Add your kids account and give them read only.

It's not active directory, but just a basic rights/privilege thingy.
 
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