8.1. Accessing Network Resources

One of the great strengths of any local area network is the ability to share resources over the network. The two primary resources that can be shared are folders and printers. A shared folder is also referred to as a share, and it includes files that are to be shared among different users.

Files and printers can be shared on Windows desktop systems (including Windows 7), but within an enterprise files are more commonly shared on servers. For example, a Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 server could be configured as a file server to host files shared by users in the network. Users connect to the shared folders and access the files.


When files are hosted on a central server, they are much easier for administrators ...

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