How do I publish a shared folder in Active Directory?

A. The usual method of connecting to a shared folder is to either browse a specific machine for visible machines (ones without a $ at the end) or know the complete share Uniform Naming Convention (UNC) in advance. However, you can publish shared folders to Active Directory (AD):

  1. Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.
  2. Select the container you want to house the shared folder and right-click it.
  3. Select New, Shared Folder from the context menu.
  4. In the display dialog box, enter a name for the share and the share's UNC.


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  6. Click OK.

The share you create will be visible in Windows Explorer under My Network Places, Entire Network, Directory, Domain. To remove the new share, simply right-click the shared folder in the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, and select Delete.

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