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    Shared Directory

    I have placed a few documents in a shared directory on the root file of my computer. The directory is shared via our network. This works just super -- as long as I'm here and connected to my computer. However, when I shut down my computer before leaving work, the info can no longer be accessed on any other computers. Is there any way to make these files available at all times, whether I'm booted up or not? Thanks.

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    Re: Shared Directory

    "whether I'm booted up or not?"

    No, unless you can leave another machine on 7/24 to act as the storage server. This way your machine is NOT always on and the storage server would have just the shared files.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Shared Directory

    Thanks for your response -- even though it's not the one I wanted to hear. I guess I'm just going to have to leave my machine on all the time which I don't like to do. We don't have a storage server or even an extra computer that I could put the original shared files on. But, I appreciate your help.

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    Re: Shared Directory

    You did NOT state what OS you are using, if XP there may be a safer way. When not there but system is on, use a "Limited" user account as the one logged in. And make sure that you normal user account is well passworded.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Shared Directory

    I'm on Windows 2000 with Office XP

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    Re: Shared Directory

    "Log off" from your computer instead of "Shut down" and keep it running.

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    Re: Shared Directory

    Great idea -- thanks. I also set my Power Options for the system to go on standby after a certain amount of time. Will that still allow people to access the shared directory?

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    Re: Shared Directory

    In Standby, no - the computer is for all intents and purposes offline, saving its state in memory. But you can allow the screen to go blank, to conserve power.
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    Re: Shared Directory

    Thanks for your reply. I will set the monitor to go blank after a certain period of time.

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    Re: Shared Directory

    Does "Wake on LAN" not work in this case? (I've never tried it.)
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    Re: Shared Directory

    Ah, that's a good question - I've never used it either, and thus didn't consider it. Certainly seems plausible if the hardware supports it.
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    Re: Shared Directory

    I answered my own question on this, I forgot users sometimes take lunch breaks. Heeheeheehee!

    The short answer is "No" at least not easily.

    Firstly I set the properties of the NIC to "Allow this device to bring the computer out of stand-by" and cleared "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power". I created a share and placed the PC on "Stand By". I could not browse to the PC, I could not use "Find Computer" either.

    I restarted the PC with the share and added the share directory to My Favourites and placed it back on "Stand By". Still no access.

    I'll keep trying 'cos now I'm interested.
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    Re: Shared Directory

    A further thought, have you looked at the "Offline Files" option under Win2000?

    Another feature I haven't taken time to look at. I suspect that there would be an issue if more than one user made changes to the same file.
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    Re: Shared Directory

    Although I've never used it, I think that Wake On LAN requires a particular packet to do the deed. This packet would be generated by software like SMS that needs to wake workstations to do things to them.

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    Re: Shared Directory

    You may be right. From Annoyances.org:
    <hr>Waking a Computer Remotely with WOL:
    In order to wake a shut-down computer with WOL properly configured, you need a program that can send the proper packets over your network. The following programs do this:

    LANDesk Client Manager, revision 3.10 or later, by Intel. This software comes with most WOL-compliant motherboards.
    Magic Packet by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). This software is a free download from AMD. <hr>
    There is some other useful info there which may be worth a read.

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