Hiya gang – I am the publisher for the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Primer and I like to hold virtual book readings. So today I am chatting up resource sharing. Good luck and enjoy! BTW – my SBS 2008 book is now here!
Configure Resource Sharing
Ah, the heart of the matter. Let’s embrace the SBS-ology of sharing and controlling resources on our network. Resources can easily be viewed and configured, either in the Server Management console or Server Management for Power Users console. Network users can share printer and fax resources. Administrators can add, remove, and configure network printers directly from the preconfigured management consoles. It is easy to access and modify printer settings like port assignments, security, sharing, and other printing options, such as page separators. You can also use the Server Management console to view pending jobs, change the order of print jobs, pause, resume, or cancel print jobs currently in the print queue.
IMPORTANT: Microsoft products, especially Windows operating system-based products, offer about seven different ways to do a task. In fact, I recall a Windows 95 assessment exam that actually tested on the different ways to perform a simple task (command line, GUI, control panel, etc.). So it’s an established Microsoft testing paradigm to test your recall of keystrokes and mouse movements. Don’t fret too much over this observation, but do ask yourself, “Are there other ways to accomplish this task?” More importantly, ask yourself, “What is the SBS way to accomplish this task?”
Configure Print Servers
When you connect a printer to the SBS server with a USB or IEEE 1394 (Firewire) cable, Windows automatically detects and installs the necessary drivers. You can also attach printers with built-in NICs to the SBS network. SBS supports TCP/IP network printers using LPD, JetDirect, and Intel NetPort. To set up a network printer:
1. Attach the printer to the network and assign it an IP address (any available address from 192.168.16.3 to 192.168.16.9 found on the exception DHCP scope).
2. In the Server Management console, click on Printers.
3. Click Add a Printer, click Next, and on the Local or Network Printer page, select the Local Printer attached to this computer option, then uncheck the Automatically Detect and Install My Plug and Play Printer checkbox. Click Next.
4. Select Create a New Port on the Printer Port page and choose Standard TCP/IP Port from the drop-down list. Click Next.
5. On the Add Standard TCP/IP Printer Port Wizard, click Next and enter the Printer Name or IP Address and Port Name. Click Next.
6. The wizard will try to connect to the printer, and if it fails, display the Additional Port Information Required page. Select the printer from the standard list and click Next followed by Finish . Alternatively, you could select Custom and then choose the protocol for the printer, either RAW or LPR.
7. Leave the port number at 9100 if using RAW unless specified otherwise in the printer manual.
8. Select the SNMP protocol if the printer supports SNMP and type the community name.
9. Click OK and then Finish.
Configure File and Folder Objects Sharing
Files and folders can be shared over the network by granting users access to
shared folders. Before these are shared, however, make sure to set the proper
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NTFS permissions on the folder. (NTFS permissions are discussed in Chapter 6 in the section “User Rights and Permissions.”) You can manage shared folders in the Server Management console from the Manage Shared Folders taskpad. You can:
· Add a shared folder.
· Change shared folder properties.
· Configure MyDocuments Redirection.
· Stop Sharing folders.
· View Connected Users.
· View Open files.
You can use a command line tools to view information on shared folders:
· Net share – Displays information about all shared resources on the local computer.
· Net session – Displays information about all open sessions between the local computer and other computers on the network.
· Net file – Displays information about all open files on shared resources.
SBS also has the ability to create shadow copies of shared folders, a function that acts like an automatic backup. More about shadow copies in Chapter 8 in the section, “Volume Shadow Service.”
IMPORTANT: Files cannot be directly shared over the network. Rather, folders containing files are shared.
Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation
MBA, MCSE, CNE, CLSE, CNP, MCP, MCT, SBSC (Microsoft Small Business Specialist)