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Checking Windows 2003 Server Drive Sharing

Posted on | August 23, 2009 | No Comments

In 99% of cases, sharing the root of a server drive is not recommended. Please contact us today for a free* network review if you see any of your server’s hard drives shared as shown below.
* offer valid only for new KRNS managed IT service clients.

In the picture below, both the C:\ (typically operating system and programs) and D:\ (typically company files and other data) drives are shared.
You can check this by clicking “My Computer”. Any drive with a hand under it as shown below is shared in some way.

A drive may be shared without giving everyone full permissions. To check access permissions on the drive, right click the drive in question, select properties and then click the sharing tab. Click “permissions” here to check the simple sharing permissions. The picture below shows a shared drive that is granting full read/write permissions to “everyone” (“everyone” meaning anyone with a login on the domain).

Another place you have to check is under the “security” tab in the same drive properties window. See picture below for an example of “everyone” having full read/write permissions under the security tab.

In 99% of cases, sharing the root of a server drive is not recommended. Please contact us today for a free* network review if you see any of your server’s hard drives shared as shown here.
* offer valid only for new KRNS managed IT service clients.


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