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Network User Accounts

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I was wondering how to have network user accounts. We have 6 people in our family and they are all using the computers for studying, work ect... I would like to know if we can have the same user account to log onto several differnt machines. For example, if Bob were to do coursework on the upstairs computer, but when he comes back to finish it of, Fred is on the upstairs computer, I would like Bob to be able to use the downstairs computer to finish his coursework, instead of inturupting fred, who is also doing coursework.

I really appreicate you trying to help.
I have been browsing the net for hours in search of an answer but have not found one.

Many Thanks again,
Ben

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  • benofreke Dec 30, 2008

    Well, ive got a wireless router, and i have all the computers connected to the internet, and my pc is ussally on all the time (unless we're on holiday or something) but i still dont understand how to start sharing user names?

  • benofreke Aug 19, 2009

    Yeah, but I have the hardware ( a pc that is on all the time and a router) but I don't know how to set it up?

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    You would have to have one computer set up as a host which would stay on all the time and then you would have to have the  network with a router to connect all of the computers together. Likely , so far all you have is the software (WIn Xp) and not the hardware that is needed. Is this what you were asking? 

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You want to create a seperate user account for each user in all computers. Create a network with these computers, using one that is running all the time as the server, with space for each user on the server (create a drive partition for each, setting the correct permissions) to save their work. You will need to use "map network drive" for each account/user to make the association. Each user's account then will access the appropriate server partition when they login with their own network login. Each user will need to know to save their work to their network drive before they log out.
You could possibly do this with only only one drive partition and create a folder for each user on the drive, provided it's ok for all to have access to each other's folders. (I don't think you can set permissions on the folders)
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Under your windows help screen their is a section on setting up a net work and connecting your computers together. . It has Home or small office networking overview. hardware needed etc. A fairly complete section.

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Hi Ben,

You have 6 people in your family. Are Bob and Fred the only person in your family having coursework? If they are the only ones then all you have to do is create a shared folder for both Bob and Fred. You can password the folder if you like so that only Ben and Fred will be able to access their coursework folders. You can place the shared folders either on the upstairs computer or the downstairs one, it does not really matter. So even when Fred is using the computer upstairs, Bob can still access his own coursework folder by using the computer downstairs. Hope it works for you.

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