September 2003 Reader Challenge

The Problem:
This month's problem is connected to last month's challenge, which concerned the problems that arose when a group of corporate users wanted to share folders and files among themselves. In addition to their confusion about permissions when files were exchanged within the group, some members faced problems when they attempted to share folders. Specifically, the system didn't let them create a share. How much do you know about the mechanics of sharing folders? Indicate whether each of the following statements is true or false:

1. In a Windows domain, members of the Administrators, Server Operators, and Power Users groups can share folders that reside on any machines in the domain.

2. If group membership includes the ability to share folders, the user's file permissions are irrelevant for the purpose of creating the share.

3. The root of each volume on a hard disk is automatically shared, and the share name is the drive letter appended with a dollar sign. CD-ROM drives are not shared automatically.

4. When you install Windows, the folder that holds the system files (c:\winnt or c:\windows) is automatically shared as Admin$, and the systemroot\ System32\Spool\Drivers folder is shared as Print$. By default, Administrators are the only users who can access these folders.


The correct answer for each question is false.

1.The Power Users group exists only on local computers--it is not a domain group. Members of the Power Users group can share only folders that reside on the local computer.

2.To create a share, a user must have Read permissions for the folder.

3.CD-ROM drives are shared automatically, in addition to hard disk volumes.

4.The Print$ share isn't automatically created but is created when a printer is installed and shared. Members of the Administrators, Server Operators, and Print Operators groups have Full Control permissions in the Print$ share, and the Everyone Group had Read permissions.

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