Setting up and accesing an SMB share in Windows 7
There are a few ways that you can set up an SMB share in Windows 7. In this article I will show you how you can allow only authorized users to access a certain folder over the network
Let’s get started
1. Open up Windows Explorer and expand the Local Disk C: and navigate tot he folder that you would like to share with a specific user.
- Right-click on the folder that you would like to share and choose Properties
2. Click on the Sharing TAB and then click on Advanced Sharing.
3. Place a checkmark beside “Share this folder” and click on Permisions.
4. By default Everyone has read access to this share, remove the checkmark beside Read, we don’t want anyone outside of the user we specify to have access to this folder. Click on Add to add a new user.
5. Type in the user that you would like to have access to this folder. My username is Default, then click on Check Names and click on OK.
6. Your user will be added to the permissions, click on it to select it and give it Change and Read permissions by placing two checkmarks.
7. Click on OK to close this Window.
8. You are done setting up your SMB share on your network, note the Network Path in the screenshot below we will need it later.
Connecting to the network share
There are two ways that we can connect to the network share, we can either open up Windows Explorer and type in the Network Path or we can map the drive so it will show up as a driver letter in Windows explorer.
1. Connecting to the share directly in Windows Explorer
Once you type in the Network Path in the address bar you will be prompted for the username/password to access this share.
2. The second way that you can access this share is you can map it as a drive letter and automatically connect to it when Windows starts up.
- Open up Windows Explorer and press ALT + T to bring up the top menu bar and click on “Map network drive”.
3. Enter teh drive letter the Network Path and place both checkmarks below.
4. Enter the correct userrname/password that has access to this share.
5. Your SMB network share will be mapped as a drive letter in Windows Explorer and it will get re-connected every time you start Windows.
If you have a Mac and would like to find out how you can connect to an SMB share from your Mac, take a look at “Connecting to an SMB network share with your Mac” article and scroll about half way down.