Network Administration: Manual Share Creation - dummies

Network Administration: Manual Share Creation

By Doug Lowe

As a network administrator, you can set up a share manually without bothering with the New Share Wizard. Maybe you think wizards should be confined to Harry Potter movies. Just follow these steps to manually create a share:

  1. Press the Windows key, click Computer, and navigate to the folder that you want to share.

  2. Right-click the folder and choose Properties from the contextual menu.

    This action brings up the Properties dialog box for the folder.

  3. Click the Sharing tab.

    The Sharing tab comes to the front.


  4. Click the Advanced Sharing button.

    The dialog box shown appears.


  5. Select the Share This Folder check box to designate the folder as shared.

    The rest of the controls in this dialog box are unavailable until you select this check box.

  6. Enter the name that you want to use for the share in the Share Name field and then enter a description of the share in the Comments field.

    The default name is the name of the folder being shared. If the folder name is long, you can use a more succinct name here.

    The description is strictly optional but sometimes helps users determine the intended contents of the folder.

  7. Click the Permissions button and then set the permissions you want to apply to the share.

  8. Click OK.

    The folder is now shared.