Skill Level Beginner
- [Instructor] A common network resource is storage. It comes in the form of a shared folder on another network computer or file server. To access such storage open a file explorer window, press the Windows and E keyboard shortcut combination. And from the navigation pane choose Network. In the network window you see a list of network resources including computers, media devices, and other devices. The list may not be as extensive as the one shown here.
In fact for a private network you probably won't see anything available. Shared folders are accessed from the computers and other devices, such as a network file server or other computer that happens to have shared folders made available. For example, I'll open the computer Farfalla, and here you see a prompt for access. For the shared folders on this system I must have an account and password on the target computer. And if I did, I could type my user name and password here and then I would be able to view the shared folders.
Now I've already provided my credentials to my network files server, Olympus, so I could just open its icon to see what shared folders are available. These folders appear here, because the folder has no access restrictions, or I've already supplied credentials which give me access to all these folders. Once you see this screen, you can open the folders to view and access files just as if they were on local storage. In some cases, the access may be read only. In which case you can only view or copy the files but not edit or delete them.
In order for these folders to be available the resource on which they're hosted, the computer or file server, says, hey, here are these folders. It also provides access restrictions such as user account and password, which you saw earlier. Therefore, it's up to you or the computer owner to set which folders are available. But once they're available you can access them as described in this video.