Connecting to Shared Folders

You can share all the folders you want, but if users cannot find them with a minimum of fuss, you might as well be selling whiskey at a Methodist revival meeting.

Windows Server 2003 provides three ways to locate shared file resources: browsing, Active Directory publishing, and the Distributed File System (Dfs). The first two options are covered here. The Distributed File System is covered later in this chapter in section, “Resource Sharing with the Distributed File System.”

Browsing

Browsing has been a feature of Windows networking for many years. It's a clumsy but serviceable way to locate servers and their shared resources.

Every network segment has at least one browser, called the Subnet Master Browser. Servers ...

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