resource on a network

Definition of resource on a network in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is Resource on a Network?

Any files, applications, or devices on a network that users need access to. Examples of network resources include the following:

  • Shared folders and volumes:
    Contain files that users need to access. Users can be granted different levels of permissions on these shares. For example, users might be given read-only permission for shares that contain administrative documents, modify permission for shares that contain workgroup documents, and full control permission for their own personal shared folders.


  • Shared printers:
    Allow many users to print to a single print device. You can control access to the printer by using print permissions and by setting priorities and times for accessing printers.


  • Applications:
    Allow users to access back-end applications (such as databases) using front-end clients. These applications can be standard .exe executables or scripted Web server applications such as those developed using Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP) technology.


  • Web servers:
    Allow HTML-based documents and applications to be shared and accessed from any platform by using a standard Web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer.


  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers:
    Allow files to be shared between different operating system platforms such as UNIX and Microsoft Windows.