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Accessing Shared Folders in Windows XP and Windows Vista

Shared folders are places for you to organize and store files on your home server so that you can share them with other people on your network.
See the following topics for using shared folders:
  • Windows Home Server Console Help for shared folders - Windows Home Server Console contains a Shared Folders tab, where you can add, view the properties of, open, and remove shared folders on the server.
  • Accessing shared folders from your computer - describes the various ways you can access shared folders.
Windows Home Server Console Help for shared folders
For assistance using shared folders, see the following in the Windows Home Server Console Help:
  • Shared Folder
  • Adding a shared folder
  • Viewing shared folder properties
  • Opening a shared folder
  • Removing a shared folder
  • Viewing shared folder history
  • What is Folder Duplication?
Accessing shared folders from your computer
For convenience, the HP MediaSmart Server provides several ways to access shared folders:
  • To access shared folders from the Control Center
  • To access shared folders from the desktop shortcut
  • To access shared folders from the system tray
  • To access shared folders from My Network Places in Windows XP
  • To access shared folders from Network in Windows Vista
To access shared folders from the Control Center
  1. At the computer, click Start , All Programs , and then select HP MediaSmart Server .
  2. In the Control Center, click the MediaSmart Tab .
  3. Click one of the following:
    • Server - opens a folder that contains all your shared folders.
    • Photos - opens a folder for sharing photos.
    • Music - opens a folder for sharing music.
    • Videos - opens a folder for sharing videos.
To access shared folders from the desktop shortcut
  1. At the computer, go to the desktop, and then double-click the Shared Folders on Server shortcut.
    Figure 1: Shared Folders desktop shortcut
    Shared Folders desktop shortcut
  2. Double-click the shared folder you want to open.
To access shared folders from the system tray
  1. Right-click the Windows Home Server icon.
    Figure 2: Windows Home Server system tray icon
    Windows Home Server system tray icon
  2. Click Shared Folders .
  3. Double-click the shared folder you want to open.
To access shared folders from My Network Places in Windows XP
  1. At the computer, click Start , and then click My Network Places .
  2. Double-click the shared folder you want to open.
      NOTE: If the shared folders are not in My Network places, you can add them manually, see below for more information.
To access shared folders from Network in Windows Vista
  1. At the computer, click Start , and then Network .
  2. In Network, double-click the computer icon next to SERVER.
    If you changed the default name of the server, that name appears next to the computer icon instead.
    Figure 3: HP MediaSmart Server icon in Windows Network
    HP MediaSmart Server icon in Windows Network
      NOTE: Be sure to select this icon. There may be other servers in the list.
  3. Double-click the shared folder you want to open.
To add shared folders to My Network Places in Windows XP
  1. At the computer, click Start , and then click My Computer .
      NOTE: If you use the classic start menu, click My Computer on the desktop.
  2. Under Other Places , click My Network Places .
  3. Under Network Tasks , click Add a network place .
  4. In the Add Network Place Wizard, click Next .
  5. Highlight Choose another network location , and then click Next.
  6. To add the network place, you have two options:
    • In the Internet or network address box, enter the path to the shared folder you want to map, and then click Next.
      For example, enter \\SERVER\Music
      SERVER is the default name. If you changed the name of the server, use that name. Music is the shared folder’s name.
    • Click the Browse button and then use Windows Explorer to locate the network place.
      The path is usually: Entire Network, Microsoft Windows Network, Workgroup, .
  7. After locating the shared folder, click to highlight it, and then click OK .
    The location will appear in the Folder box.
  8. Specify whether you want to reconnect every time that you log on to your computer, and then click Finish .
Once you create a network place for one of the shared folders, the other shared folders on the server will be available on My Network Places .
To add a network place in Windows Vista
  NOTE: Network discovery must be turned on to add a shared folder to Network places in Windows Vista. If network discovery is not turned on, see How to add shared folders to network places on page 6-31.
  1. At the computer, click Start , and then click Network .
  2. Under Network Tasks , click Add a network place .
  3. In the Network Place Wizard, click Next .
  4. Highlight Choose another network location , and then click Next .
  5. To add the network place, you have two options:
    • In the Internet or network address box, enter the path to the shared folder you want to map, and then click Next .
      For example, enter \\SERVER\Software
      SERVER is the default name. If you changed the name of the server, use that name. Software is the shared folder’s name.
    • Click the Browse button and then use Windows Explorer to locate the network place.
      The path is usually: Entire Network, Microsoft Windows Network, Workgroup, .
      After locating the shared folder, click to highlight it, and then click OK . The location will appear in the Internet or network address box.
  6. To create a name for the network place, enter a name in the Type a name for this network place box, and then click Next .
  7. Specify whether you want to reconnect every time that you log on to your computer, and then click Finish .
Also see "HP MediaSmart Server - How to Add Shared Folders to Network Places"

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June 22, 2009 9:28 AM

That's all very good but where is the folder for the webshare albums? I can only upload them one at a time using the browse /add photos in Webshare. I've been told that using Explorer I can bulk add photos but I cannot see where the album is.

August 1, 2011 1:58 AM

I neeed the solution for how to restrict the Client user to store the files on there desktops and how to give the access only to shared folders on Server, So that the user can access only that folder.

September 7, 2011 8:28 AM updated: September 8, 2011 8:20 AM

VISTA CANNOT LOG ON TO XP HOME SHARES.

CONCERNS
Microsoft Windows Network
Logons, Shares, Permissions
Networking between VISTA (Ultimate) & XP HOME (not Professional)

This note does not concern XP PROFESSIONAL.
There is a huge amount of web discussion on this subject, a lot of it
confusing Windows XP HOME with XP Professional. This area is one of the
major differences between the two.

PRIOR EXPERIENCE
Assumes all networking hardware working and pingable.
Shared folders or drives are configured, permissions, security etc.
All necessary NIC protocols, bindings, services etc configured.
All workgroups set to a common string.
Under "workgroup", Windows Explorer can see all Machine Names.

PROBLEM
Vista sees the XP HOME Computer Name.
All login attempts from Vista to XP HOME are rejected with: "Check the
UserName & Password are correct."
All attempts at changing logins to resolve this fail.

BACKGROUND
This login failure is extremely misleading, because the only acceptable Network UserName to XP HOME is Guest (or the equivalent in another language.)

Note well:
Simple File Sharing SFS

SFS uses GUEST ACCOUNT logons to enable network access to XP HOME
SHARES.

In XP HOME, even if you select "Turn Off The Guest Account" it will only be
turned off in terms of its ability to log on directly to Windows. In the background, the account will still be functional because Windows XP Home uses the Guest account to authenticate users connecting remotely to shared
resources on that machine.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307874
"You cannot disable simple file sharing in Windows XP Home Edition"

This and similar links suggests you can:
http://thebackroomtech.com/2007/11/02/howto-disable-windows-simple-file-shari...
......but changing this registry key ...\Lsa\forceguest to 0 has no effect in XP HOME.

Again: In XP HOME you cannot and should not deselect SIMPLE FILE SHARING.

XP Pro Security Settings For XP Home
http://tweakhound.com/xp/xpperm/xpPerm1.htm
This unhelpful link causes you to create SHARES which have no real files
attached to them !

Given the Prior Experience (above) is satisfied, this problem has nothing to
do with:
Firewalls or Exceptions.
Anti-Virus software
Enabling Ports
Router configuration
NTFS Permissions or Ownership or Read/Write settings (although of course
these will have down-stream effects as normal.)

RESOLUTION

We need to prevent Windows doing any automatic logons and consequently, we need to force the exposure of Guest account logons for authentication.

Also...
Guest passwords must not be NUL
Set up different passwords on all Guest accounts.
If you set up identical passwords on some Guest accounts, you will get invisible "Automatic Logons" between those machines

In XP HOME you can change the Guest passwords in User Accounts, or in a command window:
>net user Guest "password"

In VISTA one cannot change the Guest password in User Accounts (bug?)
Nor in a | Run | cmd | command window. (System error 5)
Do the following:
START | All Programs | Accessories | Windows PowerShell |
Right-Click Windows PowerShell | Run as administrator |
>net user Guest "password"

Do not log in with an identical XP Home User logon on any other machine. (Create different accounts)

Now you can access the XP Home shares by logging on from Vista with:
Guest "password"

And you can access the Vista shares from XP Home (or another Vista, XP Pro, Win7) with the current Vista login (not Guest) with which those shares were created.

I have not yet seen how to change the persistence of these logons, which seems very long - infinite ?

LMD

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