Creating a Project Area

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Creating a project area is defined as making a Tru64 UNIX directory available as a disk share to Windows users.  There are three steps to creating a project area:

Step 1

Determine the:

  • Windows users who need to access the disk share
  • Disk share properties
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Step2

Create a disk share

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Step3

Set the permissions for the disk share

Step 1Step 1: Determine user access and properties

You must determine the Windows users who will access the disk share and the properties of the disk share. If necessary, create a domain user account for each Windows user. You can use the disk share worksheet to collect information for the disk share. 

You can click here to go to the next step or scroll down to see a completed sample of a disk share worksheet. Default values are used unless a value is provided in red.   

Disk Share Worksheet

Identify the domain users and groups who need to access the disk share in Table 1.

Table 1: Domain User and Group Accounts

Project1 group Stacie
Evan John
Timm Amy

Provide a value for each component listed in Table 2.  Click here for more information on these components.

Table 2: Mandatory Components: Providing Values

Component Value Corresponding net share Option
Share name
(up to 20 alphanumeric characters)
project No option - Enter the share name after the net share command
Path c:/usr/net/servers/lanman/shares/project No option - Enter the path after the share name

Optionally, provide a value for each component listed in Table 3.  Click here for more information on these components.

Table 3: Optional Components: Providing Values

Component Value Corresponding net share Option
Users                /USERS:#
Unlimited                /UNLIMITED
Remark                     /REMARK:"text"

Step 2Step 2: Create a disk share

Minimally, you must provide a share name and path to create a disk share. You create a disk share by using either:

Using the net share Command

Enter a net command in lowercase at the UNIX command prompt on a system running the ASU software. Press the Enter key at the end of the entire command.

To create a disk share using the information from the sample disk share worksheet, enter:

# net share project=c:/usr/net/servers/lanman/shares/project

To view information about the share, enter:

# net share project

   Go to Step 3

Using the Server Manager GUI

You must install the Server Manager Windows-based GUI on the Windows NT Workstation or Windows 95 system from which you will administer the ASU software. 

Follow these steps to create a disk share:

  1. Start the User Manager for Domains GUI (srvmgr.exe).

  2. Choose Select Domain... from the Computer menu.

    A Select Domain dialog box is displayed.

  3. In the Domain: field enter the name of the domain in which you want to create the group and click on the OK button.

  4. Choose Shared Directories... from the Computer menu.

    A Shared Directories dialog box is displayed.

  5. Click on the New Share... button.  

    A New Share dialog box displays. Enter the information as shown in this figure.

Step 3Step 3: Set Disk Share Permissions

A domain user account must pass three levels of permissions to access files and directories in a disk share: 

  • NT permssions allow a user to access the disk share.
  • NTFS permissions allow a user to access the files and directories in a disk share.
  • Standard UNIX permissions allow a user to access the files and directories in a disk share since the disk share is mapped to a UNIX directory.

By default, if you create a disk share that maps to a user's subdirectory in the /usr/users directory, which was automatically created when you created the domain user account, then all three levels of permissions are correct for the user for their subdirectory.

If you create other disk shares that domain user or group accounts will write to, then you must change the NTFS permissions for the disk share. By default, NTFS permissions grant read and execute permissions to the Everyone group, of which each domain user account is a member.  You must grant NTFS write permission to the domain user or group account that will write files to the disk share. 

You set NTFS permissions by using either:

Using the net perms command

Enter a net command in lowercase at the UNIX command prompt on a system running the ASU software. Press the Enter key at the end of the entire command.

To grant the project1 group the NTFS write permission, enter:

# net perms c:/usr/net/servers/lanman/shares/project /grant project1:w

Repeat this command for each domain user or group account that needs to write files to the disk share.

To view permissions for the project disk share, enter:

# net perms c:/usr/net/servers/lanman/shares/project

Using the Windows Explorer GUI

Follow these steps to allow the project1 group the additional NTFS write permission:

  1. Start the Windows Explorer (explorer.exe).

  2. If necessary, map a network drive to the disk share.

  3. Select and display the properties for the directory for which you want to set NTFS permissions.

    A Properties window is displayed.

  4. Click on the Security tab, then the on the Permissions button.

    A Directory Permissions window is displayed where you can change the  NTFS permissions for domain users and groups as shown in this figure.

  5. Click on the Add button and select the Project1 group.

  6. Click in the Type of Access: field and select Special Directory Access.  Click in the box next to Write. 

    Repeat steps 5 and 6 for each domain user or group account that needs to write files to the disk share.

  7. Continue to click on the OK buttons to close the all the Windows.

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