December 2001 Reader Challenge

Congratulations to Roger Kerrman of Pennsylvania, who wins first prize for the December 2001 Reader Challenge. He wins a copy of Admin911: Windows 2000 Registry. Second prize, a copy of Admin911: Windows 2000 DNS & WINS, goes to Jack O’Reilly of California. Both books are from Osborne/McGraw-Hill Publishing.

The December 2001 Challenge:

Shared folders are an important element in the networking paradigm, and in many networks, shared folders exist on both servers and workstations. For example, in my office, editors compose and store our email newsletters in shared folders on their workstations, making it easy for everybody to add tidbits.

Here's a quiz to determine how much you know about the rules for creating shared folders on client workstations. Some of the questions assume your Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000 Professional workstations are running NTFS (and shame on you if they aren't).

  1. A user must belong to which of the following domain groups to create a share on any computer in the domain?
    1. Server Operators
    2. Account Operators
    3. Power Users
    4. None of the above


  2. Which of the following statements is true about users who are members of the Domain Users group who attempt to create a folder share?
    1. They see an Access Denied message.
    2. They see an Access Denied message with a Run As dialog box that they can use to create the share if they know the Administrator password.
    3. They can't attempt to share folders because they don't see a Sharing command on the shortcut menu nor a Sharing tab on the Properties dialog.
    4. None of the above.


  3. Which of the following statements is true when you rename a share?
    1. Users won't see the new sharename until the next automatic Active Directory (AD) update (about 15 minutes), and, if required, the next AD replication.
    2. Users who see the old sharename will receive an error message if they select the share in My Network Places.
    3. Mapped drives to the old sharename are automatically deleted from all remote computers.
    4. None of the Above.

Answers:

1. A. (Incidentally, there is no Power Users domain group; that’s a local computer group, and members can create shares on the local computer).
2. C.
3. D. You can't rename a share. You can only create new shares (and delete existing shares if you want).

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