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How to setup for multiple users accessing same share?

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Recently picked up Mac Mini Server and have some configuration questions related to sharing files & information over the internet. Whenever possible, prefer to use the built-in features & tools, not 3rd party tools.


My setup & needs are this:


- Have folders & sub-folders with files to share.

- Wish to give individuals access to the shared folders, each with their own account (and access logging).

- Shared folder and files should be visible via web to authenticated users only (so no special client or setup is needed).


Right now, have added a Website via that points to the folder with files to share, and that works somewhat, but doesn't support individual user accounts separately?


Thought maybe to setup VPN but that seems like massive overkill for this (and is a pain in the butt for non-technical users to setup).


Editing httpd.conf for user support is a possibility, but seems /etc/apache2/httpd.conf only applies to the default web server (on port 80) not the one i set up in


Can anyone recommend the best approach, given the above needs?

Mac mini, OS X Server
  • UptimeJeff Calculating status...



    I'm confused.. Do you want to setup a website or filesharing?


    FileSharing is probably want you want.

    You can enable file sharing and within it you can enable webdav for iOS.

    You set each sharepoint and give access to those sharepoints.


    Mac users can use AFP if you have port 548 open.

    iOS users can access via WebDAV over port 80 & 443


    Thats a typical file server....

    You can use the webserver to make files available for dowloading, but thats just downloading (not file sharing)



  • danielfromweston Calculating status...

    I have a related question. i created 2 websites/domains then i went to users and created 2 seperate "network" users then i went to ftp and selected each website and added only user A to site A and user B to site B. what's weird is that when i try to ftp using either of the users it seems to land on the same site. i looked at shared security for the folders and it only shows user a on site a folder and user b on site b folders. am i doing somehitng wrong or is this how it works in mountain lion server? i just want to give the domain owner ftp access so they can manage their files and only thier files. i also had to turn on open directory so that it would not create a local user but a network user. do i need to turn that off and just deal with having a bunch of local users as ftp user? i want to host multiple websites on the server and NO users remote on to server besides ftp.


    edit 1: i only have 1 IP running on the server which i don't think it has any affect on this but thought i mention it :-)


    edit 2: i just noticed one more thing that may help. i used filezilla to remote in using both users, one at a time. it seems to allow both users in but then it shows same directories. i then created a file using the one that was not supposed to have acces and it never sows up. but if i remote desktop to server i can see the new file in the correct folder. so it may have something to d o with the directory listing.

  • danielfromweston Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry about that, i was only trying to ask a related question. i was able to figure it out do.


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