Thursday, October 20, 2011

Study: File Sharing in a Domain Environment

In this article, we have provided some of the best practices for sharing the files on the Windows Vista computers comprise the following.
•    First, turn OFF the Network Discovery in a domain environment as it can generate the excessive network traffic that can interfere with the normal network activities.
•    For allowing the users to search for the shared folders in the directory, publish the shared folders in Active Directory. Therefore, they can browse the network to find them.

•    Use Group Policy to prevent users on Windows Vista computers from sharing files on their computers from their user profiles unless they are local administrators on their computers. For more information, see the section titled “Managing File Sharing Using Group Policy” earlier in this chapter.
•    Allow only advanced users the ability to share folders on their computers by giving them administrative rights on their computers.

Make sure that you’re not making any users as local administrators on their computers unless you understand the consequences of doing so. A consequence is that they will be able to share folders and open firewall exceptions on their computers. Sharing folders from desktop computers in a domain environment may mean that important documents are being stored on computers instead of on network file servers, and since desktop computers are not normally backed up, this can mean lost work.

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