Ok here is the situation. I have a laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium, as does my room mate. I also have a non-wireless printer, as well as an external hard drive I keep all my media/documents/etc on. I recently received a dell netbook running Windows XP. The battery is dead, so it only works if it's plugged in all the time.
I'm hoping to keep my external hard drive and printer plugged in to the netbook and use the netbook as a sort of printer/external hard drive network hub that can be accessed by both of the laptops. I'd like to be the admin to control what on the external can be accessed by my room mate.
What is the best way to go about doing this?
You can share a folder on the USB drive, and then go into the security settings and adjust it for certain local users of the machine, in lieu of allowing "Everyone" access. The same goes for the printer.
Is the NetBoot Windows 7? There's also home group stuff Win7 can do, but Im not too sure how well it works because I've never used it. My machines are mostly Macs or Linux.