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Network Shares Extension

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

Group Policy includes the Network Shares preference extension. For computers, this extension allows you to:

  • Create a share and configure its properties.

  • Modify the folder path for a share by replacing the share.

  • Delete ("un-share") or modify the user limit, Access-Based Enumeration, and comment for:

    • A share.

    • All shares except hidden shares.

    • All hidden shares except administrative drive-letter shares.

    • All administrative drive-letter shares.

    • All shares.


Network Share items create, modify, or delete share points, but do not create or delete the folders to which they point. For a share point to be created, the folder to be shared must already exist on computers to which the Group Policy object is applied. When a share is deleted, the share point leading to the folder is removed, but the folder and its contents are not deleted.
For information on how to use a Folder preference item to create or delete folders using Group Policy, see Folders Extension.

Getting started

You can create and configure Network Share preference items for any domain-based Group Policy object (GPO). You configure the settings by editing a GPO using the Group Policy Management Console. When editing a GPO, you can find this preference extension at the following location:

Computer Configuration

**   └ Preferences**

**      └ Windows Settings**

**         └ Network Shares**

For information about how to use this extension to create and configure a preference item, see the following topics: