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11.1. Creating Shared Folders

Before you can create a shared folder, you must have the appropriate rights to do so. This requires that you are either an Administrator or a Power User. You can create shares in a few ways: you can use the Windows Explorer interface when sitting at the server, or you can use the Share and Storage Management window to create shares either at the server or remotely.

Some Basics of File Sharing

One of the core components of any server is its ability to share files. In fact, the Server service in each member of the Windows NT family, including Server 2008, handles the server's ability to share file and print resources. But what exactly does that mean, and why is it so important? By default, just because you have a server running doesn't mean it has anything available for your users. Before they can actually get to resources on the server, you must share your resources. Let's say you have a folder on your local I drive named APPS with three applications in subfolders, as shown here:



When you share this folder to the network under the name of APPS, you allow your clients to map a new drive letter on their machines to your I:\APPS folder. By mapping a drive, you are placing a virtual pointer directly to where you connected. If you map your client's M drive to the APPS share of the server, their M: drive will look identical to the server's I:\APPS, as shown here:





  

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