Understand File and Print Sharing

Practice Labs Module
Time
50 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate

The "Understand File and Print Sharing" module provides you with the instruction and Server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises: Understand Shared Folders and NTFS Permissions, Understand Effective Permissions, Understand Homegroups.

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Overview

Introduction

The Understand File and Print Sharing module provides you with the instruction and Server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Understand Shared Folders and NTFS Permissions
  • Understand Effective Permissions
  • Understand Homegroups

Exercise 1 - Understand Shared Folders and NTFS Permissions

A file server is computer that provides a location for shared disk access where users can store files like documents, pictures, sound, videos and other file types. These files can be accessed by authorized users logged to the workstations and access to these files are controlled by their respective owners. A file server is designed for the storage and retrieval of data and does not perform computation tasks like email or database servers.

Exercise 2 - Understand Effective Permissions

In corporate environments, a user will be accessing files and folders found in network servers. Network administrators apply security on the server’s file system to prevent unauthorized access to proprietary data. What the user can do with the folders and files is determined by the set of rules or permissions assigned to them.

Exercise 3 - Understand HomeGroups

Domains, workgroups and homegroups are different methods of organizing computers in networks. The key difference amongst them is how the computers and resources like folders, files and printers are managed.

A homegroup provides an informal way of collectively organizing computers in a small-office-home-office (SOHO) with 10 computers or less. The homegroup password is what secures the computers that are members of a homegroup. If a user knows the password of a homegroup, he can join his workstation to be part of this group and be able to access resources like folders, files and printers shared from other member computers in the homegroup.

On the other hand, a workgroup is a collection of individual computers in a small network typically composed of 10 workstations or less. A user whose computer is in a workgroup must manually share resources to make them available to other computers in the workgroup.

Computers in a corporate environment are usually members of a Windows domain. The user accounts in a domain are centralized in a server called domain controller (DC). The DC performs validation of all users who log on to a domain. When signed on to the domain, a user is given access to network-wide resources based on his role in the organization.

In this exercise, you will configure Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 computers to become members of a homegroup.

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