How can we split networked computers in different sharing groups?

riju stensilas April 6, 2012

In my office we have 100 PC that are using file sharing. We want to split up the sharing so that 50 PCs shares together – and we don’t want the other 50 PCs to be able to share with the first group. We don’t want to make router changes. We are using Windows 7.

  1. Mike
    April 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Personally I would either go with Subnetting or by VLAN.

    It's the easiest thing to implement although it may require some configuration on the router or switches involved.

    However, it's way better than configuring 100 PC's and you are going to be more flexible in moving one to the other group.

  2. ha14
    April 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    could you block through firewall?

    April 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Hello, one possible option would be to create two separate workgroups.  Is there a server in place?  The default name for a workgroup in windows is WORKGROUP.  Make sure to change the name in the 50 computers to something else and leave the other 50 computers with the same as is.  Here is a link with the steps for windows 7:

    WINDOWS 7:

    There is another option like subnetting too.

    • Bruce Epper
      April 7, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Workgroups are not going to help here at all.  The key is setting up 2 homegroups if you wish to go about it in that manner since the machines are running Win7.

      A better solution in a work environment that is using Windows Servers would be to configure Active Directory to manage what can be shared between the computers.  It is more difficult to set up but it offers better administrative control than homegroups do.

      • FIDELIS
        April 7, 2012 at 11:23 pm

         Hello, I understand that.  That is why I asked the poster if there was servers involved.  If there are/is then you can use active directory.

    • riju stensilas
      April 7, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Thanks for ur quick reply.
      I already tried with  Different WORKGROUP Names but it is accessible by another WORKGROUP computer. Can you explain any other Option to do ?

      • FIDELIS
        April 7, 2012 at 11:34 pm

         Hello, another possibility would be to set the shares and give permissions only to the 50 computers.  It would be a matter of setting the share in the one computer and once the share is set, giving permissions to only the 50 computers.  Of course this would be easier if there was a server involved where threre is a gpo set for these computers.

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