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  • This must be obvious, but I don't get how to add photos to my shared photos folder.  They don't copy/paste.  How do you do that?

     

    Vanagoner

    Saturday, March 29, 2008 6:44 AM

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  •  Vanagoner wrote:

    Copy and paste are not allowed, so I must not have done something right.  I have created user accounts on the home server with my name and my wife's name.  What do you mean by "the account you are using on your computer?"  We have three computers in the server.  How would I know if I am "accessing the share via the shortcut?"  The photo folder on the server is a shared folder.  If I copy a photo folder on the computer, then go to shared folders on the server, there is no "paste" function available there, and ctrl-v does not work.

     

    What do I do with \\servername\sharename?

     

    Still very puzzled.

     

    Ok, dont worry, lets try and break this down.

     

    What do you mean by "the account you are using on your computer?"  - on your computers, you are logging into those computers with a username or different usernames. For example, lets say that username or one of those usernames is "John". On your WHS, have you created a user account (via the WHS console) called "John" and have you given "John" write permissions to the various shared folders you want "John" to access?

     

    How would I know if I am "accessing the share via the shortcut?" - when you install the WHS Connector software on a computer, a shortcut to the WHS shared folders is automatically created on the desktop of each computer you install the connector on. All you need to do is double click it. Alternatively, the little icon that appears in the task tray, by the clock in the bottom right hand corner, if you right-click it includes a link to Shared Folders.

     

    If I copy a photo folder on the computer, then go to shared folders on the server, there is no "paste" function available there, and ctrl-v does not work. - what exactly are you doing here? Can you walk me through step by step? What you should be able to do is on your computer, select the files you want, CTRL-C them, open shared folders (as described above), then CTRL-V them - all from the computer, NOT from the WHS. This is how I, and most other people probably use it.

     

    What do I do with \\servername\sharename? - you can also access your WHS via this method. Click the Start button on your computer, then click RUN, then type in \\servername\sharename into the run box, where servername is the name of your WHS computer and sharename is the name of the share you want to acccess, for example music or photos.

     

    How are you trying to access shares?

     

    Andrew

     

     

    Sunday, March 30, 2008 7:14 AM
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  • You should be able to just copy and paste as long as the account you are using has rights to the folder. Have you created an account in the WHS console for the account you are using on your computer? Also, are you accessing the share via the shortcut or via \\servername\sharename?

     

    Andrew

    Saturday, March 29, 2008 7:09 AM
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  • Copy and paste are not allowed, so I must not have done something right.  I have created user accounts on the home server with my name and my wife's name.  What do you mean by "the account you are using on your computer?"  We have three computers in the server.  How would I know if I am "accessing the share via the shortcut?"  The photo folder on the server is a shared folder.  If I copy a photo folder on the computer, then go to shared folders on the server, there is no "paste" function available there, and ctrl-v does not work.

     

    What do I do with \\servername\sharename?

     

    Still very puzzled.

    Sunday, March 30, 2008 5:59 AM
  •  Vanagoner wrote:

    Copy and paste are not allowed, so I must not have done something right.  I have created user accounts on the home server with my name and my wife's name.  What do you mean by "the account you are using on your computer?"  We have three computers in the server.  How would I know if I am "accessing the share via the shortcut?"  The photo folder on the server is a shared folder.  If I copy a photo folder on the computer, then go to shared folders on the server, there is no "paste" function available there, and ctrl-v does not work.

     

    What do I do with \\servername\sharename?

     

    Still very puzzled.

     

    Ok, dont worry, lets try and break this down.

     

    What do you mean by "the account you are using on your computer?"  - on your computers, you are logging into those computers with a username or different usernames. For example, lets say that username or one of those usernames is "John". On your WHS, have you created a user account (via the WHS console) called "John" and have you given "John" write permissions to the various shared folders you want "John" to access?

     

    How would I know if I am "accessing the share via the shortcut?" - when you install the WHS Connector software on a computer, a shortcut to the WHS shared folders is automatically created on the desktop of each computer you install the connector on. All you need to do is double click it. Alternatively, the little icon that appears in the task tray, by the clock in the bottom right hand corner, if you right-click it includes a link to Shared Folders.

     

    If I copy a photo folder on the computer, then go to shared folders on the server, there is no "paste" function available there, and ctrl-v does not work. - what exactly are you doing here? Can you walk me through step by step? What you should be able to do is on your computer, select the files you want, CTRL-C them, open shared folders (as described above), then CTRL-V them - all from the computer, NOT from the WHS. This is how I, and most other people probably use it.

     

    What do I do with \\servername\sharename? - you can also access your WHS via this method. Click the Start button on your computer, then click RUN, then type in \\servername\sharename into the run box, where servername is the name of your WHS computer and sharename is the name of the share you want to acccess, for example music or photos.

     

    How are you trying to access shares?

     

    Andrew

     

     

    Sunday, March 30, 2008 7:14 AM
    Moderator
  • You probably haven't correctly aligned your user ids on your desktop/laptop PCs with the users you've created on Windows Home Server. In that case, you would only have the access permitted to the Guest account on the server, which by default is READ for all public shares. See this thread for a guide to determining if this is the issue, and how to solve it.

    You should take a look at the Getting Started Guide, and maybe the Reviewer's Guide, for more information.
    Sunday, March 30, 2008 2:25 PM
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  • Bingo!  It worked!

     

    I had trouble with logging in.  I tried the username for my personal computer, then the username for the server, and finally the servername for my accont on the server, and that worked.  That brought up the shared folders on my computer in my server account.

     

    Next, I was able to open a photo file on my own computer, CTRL-C it, then go to the open shared folder and CTRL-V it.

     

    I opened my wife's computer, went to the server, clicked on her photo folder, clicked on "open" and found the photos I had put there.

     

    So thank you for your careful help.  I note you have a book (Users Guide) for WHS available.  Probably I should get it!

     

    Vanagoner

    Sunday, March 30, 2008 3:42 PM
  • You were right about my not using the correct user id's, the ones on WHS.  Now I understand that.

     

    The Getting Started Guide has no information on how to add files to the shared folder.  It only tells how to create a shared folder, not fill it.

     

    Vanagoner

    Sunday, March 30, 2008 3:52 PM
  • My pleasure - Im glad its all working for you now :-)

     

    If you do buy the book, let me know what you think!

     

    Andrew

    Sunday, March 30, 2008 3:55 PM
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  • First, this message doesn't belong here, but I can't figure out how to start a new thread.  How do I do that?

     

    I'm writing because I get an "access denied" response when attempting to open a shared folder.  It is probably because of a mismatch of names, but the problem is there are so many interepretations of what a name is.  There's "name," "logon name," "administrator" as a name and "administrator" as a logon.  Then there are two computers:  the PC and the Server.  I've used control usernames2 but I'm totally confused about what to match with what.  They look matched to me, except in one place I have first and last and in another frist only.

    Monday, August 4, 2008 5:36 AM
  • To create a new thread you would click on the "New Thread" button on the thread list page.

    There's a post in the FAQ section that will help you sort out user name mismatch issues. That post uses the actual terms that are used in the Advanced User Accounts Control Panel applet and the Windows Home Server console, so it should be pretty straightforward if that's where your problem lies..
    Monday, August 4, 2008 12:08 PM
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  • I'm sure there SHOULD be a "New Thread" button on my screen, but there isn't.  Perhaps it somewhere on another screen.  The buttons on my screen are "Home   Search   MyThreads  Edit profile   Member List   Top Ansereres   FAQ's"

     

    I also don't have a "thread list."  Where do I find that?

     

    Nile

    Monday, August 4, 2008 4:21 PM
  • Hi,

    Your are looking too far up!

    For example, in the Software forum when you open it, the 'New Thread' button is below:

     

    Windows Home Server Software
    A place to discuss Windows Home Server software and how it works ...

     

    New Thread

     

     

    Then the first message title in the list.

     

    Colin

    Monday, August 4, 2008 4:32 PM
  • OK, got it!  I was looking in "Windows Home Server Forums" (at http://forums.microsoft.com/windowshomeserver/default.aspx?siteid=50) but did not realize I needed to go further to Windows Home Server Software within that forum.  Following your suggestion I found "New Thread."

     

    Now to follow up on the suggestion to find the FAQ to sort out matching names on the PC and server.

     

    Thanks, Colin

    Monday, August 4, 2008 8:12 PM
  • Colin, another thing.  I'm supposed to check a box to indicate the question has been answered, but I find no check box.  Where is it?

     

    Vanagoner

    Monday, August 4, 2008 8:14 PM
  • Andrew, that was a well written answer.  Thanks.

     

    Your second paragraph notes "a shortcut to the WHS shared folders is automatically created on the desktop of each computer you install the connector on."  I see no such folder on the desktop and searches for such folder come up empty.  So what do I do next to either find the folder somewhere or create it?

     

    Vanagoner

    Monday, August 4, 2008 8:31 PM
  • Vagoner,

     

    The box to mark, if your question has been answered, is above the first line of the appropriate post, labelled YES NO.

     

     

    Colin

     

    Monday, August 4, 2008 8:48 PM
  •  Vanagoner wrote:
    Now to follow up on the suggestion to find the FAQ to sort out matching names on the PC and server.
    Click the link in my post...
    Monday, August 4, 2008 9:43 PM
    Moderator