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How do I Share a CD drive over a network?

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Okay, I'm trying to share a cd drive between to computers, but can't get it to work. I have administrator access on both computers, and have tried right clicking the drive and selecting to share with full access. When I try to access it on the other computer it says access denied. I tried google, and found something that said I need to turn off simple sharing, but on or off it doesn't matter. I'm running windows XP on both computers, have a network setup between them and two other computers, can someone help me?

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setup a freeNAS box and hope you never get owned :)

joking asside you can use \\hostname\d$ etc ... ( the D: drive )

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I had to set up a DVD-ROM server for an auto shop long ago. I used NT4 and a full-tower case with (I think) 6 DVD-ROM drives (I even had to make extra-long IDE cables and install another IDE controller). The shares worked as expected (windows 98 clients), no problems at all. So it should be relatively easy to do. Note that you won't get full access to the drive. I don't think you'll be able to eject the tray or (in the case of a changer) change the disc. Windows will just share whatever files are on that drive.

Of course, had I know then what I know now, I would have set up a tiny Linux server with Samba and taken images of the DVD-ROMs. Much easier..

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