Hiding a shared folder

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Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 R2
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We have a public folder on one of the data servers in our domain. Everyone has read access to this folder and many have write access as well. In this public folder there is also our MIS_Notes folder. The MIS_Notes Folder is accessible only by those in the Administrator group. The folder is visible to anyone who opens the public folder. It gives an "access restricted error” to anyone who is not a member of the admin group (which is a good thing!) Is there a way to hide this folder from those NOT in the admin group? The server is running Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard X64 Edition. Thanks! -Flame

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You can append the share name with a $ sign, that will make it invisible to the casual browser of that folder. Those that know the share name and have permissions to it will still be able to access it. <a href=”http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc787768.aspx”>Here is more info for you</a>.

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Look into the <a href=”http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=04A563D9-78D9-4342-A485-B030AC442084&displaylang=en”>Access Based Enumeration information</a> on Microsoft’s website.

Per Microsoft: <i>Windows Server 2003 Access-based Enumeration makes visible only those files or folders that the user has the rights to access. When Access-based Enumeration is enabled, Windows will not display files or folders that the user does not have the rights to access. This download provides a GUI and a CLI that enables this feature.</i>

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