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    Daddy Elmis's Avatar
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    Mar 28, 2006
    3 Mac network with network drive
    Well, Santa is bringing a new iMac to the hacienda. That will make 3 Macs in the house -- an older intel iMac (the white ones), the new one, and a G4 iBook. I've got a newer Airport Extreme base (the simultaneous dual band version).

    My plan is to put a 1Tb USB drive on the AE and use it to host iTunes, iPhoto, and documents/data for all the machines so no matter which one a family member is on, they'll have the same iTunes/iPhoto/iMovie and documents available.

    I currently have all users sharing iTunes and iPhoto on the outboard drive connected to the "older" iMac, so I understand how to share those libraries among users on a single machine.

    I assume the basic structure will be the same with a network drive, I'll just have to make sure the network drive is in every users "login items" so it "maps" when each user logs in. Am I missing anything fundamental?

    Also, can I password document folders on the network drive so that the kids can't get into mom & dad's data folder (we use MS Office)?

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    Dec 08, 2009
    Bournemouth, UK
    Mac 27" 2.66 GHz Intel Core 4Gb Ram|SL|Dual Band 1TB TC|AEX(n)|iPhone 4|iTouch 2G|160GB ATV|MBA
    Nope - spot on!

    The best way to protect specific folders is to ensure permissions are not set at the 'parent' level of the drive but at the 'child' level - i.e. don't create access permissions for the entire hard drive, but all the individual folders instead - you can then restrict access based on logon credentials for all macs (assuming each family member has a unique username of course).

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    Daddy Elmis's Avatar
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    Mar 28, 2006
    Ah -- excellent point on the permissions. Every user has a unique login, so changing permissions at the folder level is the ticket.


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