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How to check if someone is using files which you have shared in homegroup?

How many ppl use these files, which file are they using?

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Are you trying to do this in real time or statistical information? – Sane Nov 20 '12 at 18:51
In real time. But ultimately I've switched to local FTP. – noMAD Dec 3 '12 at 22:51
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If on real time, Resource Monitor would help. On Disk tab you can see which file are being read, and on Network tab you can see who are receiving data from you. But it's basic.

If you want to be more thorough, and getting the statistic, in the properties of your shared folder, select Security tab, Advanced, on Auditing tab, add the users you want to track on. Now open gpedit.msc, on Local Computer PolicyComputer ConfigurationWindows SettingsSecurity SettingsLocal PoliciesAudit PolicyAudit System Events, check both Success and Failure.

The log will be in Security node of Event Viewer. This may cause problem if your log size become too large from all the activity, and I'm not sure if Windows could determine the remote user (more likely only as Everyone).

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On the server with the file shared:

  • Go to start > Run > type compmgmt.msc
  • Under 'System Tools' expand 'Shared Folders'
  • Go to 'Open Files' that lists all the files in use by network users
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