Setting up a server with an old pc and secure files

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I have an old pc with a dated motherboard which does not permit any major updates. I heard that such systems can be easily used as servers to host shared files. I am currently looking into doing that for work purposes. If I succeed in doing it, I want to restrict the access to certain files. How can I do that?

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Setting up a server with an old pc and secure files


You can set permission on various files and folders, and define which type of access is granted to user groups.  As an example, you can let certain users read the contents of a file, let another user make changes to the file and prevent all other users from accessing the file.  To set permissions on a file or folder, you need to be the owner of the specified file or folder.

Group permissions are the best to set, rather than setting permissions for individual users.  The most common permissions are Read, Write, Modify, Change Owner and Delete.

Below I explain how to set, view, change or remove permissions to files and folders:

  1. Click Start>All Programs>Accessories>Windows Explorer
  2. Look for the file or folder where you want to set the permission on
  3. Right-click on the file or folder, and click on Properties.
  4. Click the Security Tab
  1. To set permissions for a group or for users that do not show up in the Group or User Names box, click on the Add button
  2. Type the user group or user name you want to set the permissions for and click the OK button.  By default, the new user group or user will have Read & Execute, List Folder Contents and Read permissions.
  3. To change the permission for a user group or user, click on their name
  4. To allow or deny permissions, on the Permissions for User or Group box, select either the Allow or Deny checkbox

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