shared folder


Create or modify a shared folder, publish a shared folder in Active Directory.


To create a shared folder, you first create the folder and then share it. Afterwards, you can modify the shared folder by changing the permissions assigned to it, or 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 Windows 2000:

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

  • By using the new Computer Management console. This method is analogous to using the Windows NT administrative tool, Server Manager, but is easier and more powerful.

The advantages of using the new method (Computer Management) 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 are not 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 ...

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