2-5: Determine Which Folders Should Be Shared

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Shared folders

Solution summary

Understand the design criteria that determine whether a folder should be shared and how many shares are required.


Optimize the number of shared folders in your environment.


There are best practices for determining whether and how to share a folder. The best practices, which will be laid out later in this solution, require consideration of the following settings:

  • NTFS permissions. A folder should be configured with the correct permissions with NTFS ACLs prior to being made available as a shared folder.

  • Share protocols. Windows Server 2008 enables you to share folders using SMB, the standard share ...

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