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Net share

Manages shared resources. Used without parameters, net share displays information about all of the resources that are shared on the local computer.


net share [ShareName] net share [ShareName**=Drive:Path [{/users:number|/unlimited**}] [/remark:"text"] [/cache: {manual|automatic|no}]] net share [ShareName [{/users:number|unlimited}] [/remark:"text"] [/cache: {manual|automatic|no}]] net share [{ShareName|Drive**:**Path} /delete]


ShareName   : Specifies the network name of the shared resource. Type net share with a ShareName to display information about that share only.

Drive : Path   : Specifies the absolute path of the directory to be shared.

/users: number   : Sets the maximum number of users who can simultaneously access the shared resource.

/unlimited   : Specifies an unlimited number of users who can simultaneously access the shared resource.

/remark: " text "   : Adds a descriptive comment about the resource. Enclose the text in quotation marks.

/cache:automatic   : Enables offline client caching with automatic reintegration.

/cache:manual   : Enables offline client caching with manual reintegration.

/cache:no   : Advises the client that offline caching is inappropriate.

/delete   : Stops sharing the shared resource.

net help   command   : Displays Help for the specified net command.


  • To share a directory with a path that contains a white space, enclose the drive and the path of the directory in quotation marks (for example, "C:\Path Name").

  • When you display all of the shared resources on a computer, the share name of the resource, the device names or path associated with the resource, and a descriptive comment about the resource is displayed. The output is similar to the following:

    Sharename  Resource                     Remark

ADMIN$ C:\WINNT Remote Admin C$ C:\ Default Share for Internal Use print$ C:\WINNT\SYSTEM\SPOOL
IPC$ Remote IPC LASER LPT1 Spooled Laser printer

  • As you create shares on a server, they are saved. When you stop the Server service, all shares are disconnected, but they are reconnected automatically the next time the Server service is started or the computer is restarted. For more information about services, see Services 

  • Shared resource names that end in a $ character are not displayed when you are browsing the local computer from a remote computer.


To display information about shared resources on the computer, type:

net share

To share a computer's C:\Data directory with the share name DataShare and include a remark, type:

net share DataShare=c:\Data /remark:"For department 123."

To stop sharing the DataShare folder you created in the previous example, type:

net share DataShare /delete

To share a computer's C:\Art Lst directory with the share name List, type:

net share list="c:\art lst"

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