Tip: Create Shared Resources that Are Hidden

If you want to hide a share from users (which means they won’t be able to see the shared resource when they try to browse to it in Windows Explorer or at the command line), type $ as the last character of the shared resource name.For example, you could create a share called PrivEngData$. This share would be hidden from Windows Explorer, Net View, and other similar utilities.

Users can still connect to the share and access its data, provided that they’ve been granted access permission and that they know the share’s name. Note that the $ must be typed as part of the share name when mapping to the shared resource.

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From the Microsoft Press book Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant by William R. Stanek.

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