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Windows Server 2003 in a Nutshell by Mitch Tulloch

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Shared Folders—Tasks

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To share a folder, you first create the folder and then share it. Afterward, you can modify the shared folder by changing the permissions assigned to it or by changing the name under which it is shared, change the caching setting for offline use, share the folder under additional names, or stop sharing it. You can create and manage shared folders in two different ways in WS2003.

  • By accessing folder properties from the desktop or using Windows Explorer. This method is analogous to how one worked with shared folders in NT 4.0.

  • By using Shared Folders in Computer Management. This method is analogous to using the NT administrative tool, Server Manager, but is easier and more powerful.

The advantages of using the latter method are:

  • You can connect to remote machines and share folders without having to know the absolute path to the folder on the machine’s drive.

  • You can view hidden and administrative shares that aren’t visible in My Computer, My Network Places, or Windows Explorer.

  • You are presented with a uniform view of all shares on a machine in a single window.

  • You can view session information, open files for users connected to shared folders, send messages to those users, and disconnect all or selected sessions and open files.

  • You can create custom consoles using the Shared Folders snap-in to allow users to manage shared folders on a specific machine.

Let’s look at each method in detail.

Share a Folder Using Windows Explorer

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