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I have a rather complex network idea that I would like to implement. I've done some google searches, but have been unable to find out how to pull this off. I live in a college dorm. All of these computers can see each other.

  • Computer A: Main Desktop, has the files and printer that other computers want to access. Windows 7
  • Computer B: My laptop, Windows 7.
  • Computer C: Old desktop running linux as a HTPC.
  • Computer D: Roommates Laptop windows 7
  • Computer E: Friends laptop with Windows XP.
  • Computers F: Other people on the floor.

  • I would like computer B to have both read and write access on A, and to be able to print. Require some sort of authentication.

  • I would like computer C to read files on A. Authentication would be nice, but not a deal breaker.
  • I would like computer D to have read access for files, and printer access, Require authentication.
  • I would like computer E to have read access for the files.
  • I want computers F to have access nothing.

Any answers or links to guides would be appreciated.

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migrated from Sep 10 '10 at 21:57

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Enable file and print sharing, create accounts and assign desired rights as described to the accounts per file and print shares.

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What he said. If you're open to the network who cares - just set up proper user accounts with secure passwords. – Shinrai Sep 10 '10 at 22:00

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