I rarely use network shares on my computers. Ok, I have a few setup for the family to use if they need to copy something from one computer to another and a share for our network storage. Other than that I have always favored using admintrative shares. These don’t show up in network neighborhood, but can be accessed by using \computernameC$. The “$” at the end of a share name makes it invisible to network browsing, but otherwise it is a regular share. As the name implies, administrative shares are only available to those in the Local Administrators security group. This is turned off by default in Vista. Bummer, it’s so handy… I guess that’s part of the big security push. *shrug*
To enable administrative shares you gotta make a registry change. Click on the orb and in the search box type ‘regedit’ and hit enter. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem. Add a new DWORDÂ called “LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy” and give it a value of 1. Reboot and yer done!
hey I’ve used this post soooo many time lol
thanks for the info
Szilard Beke says
Thanks for this post 😀
Paul Spoerry says
Welcome! Glad it helped!
Yvo DRIES says
Shame on me ! It took me over 3 years to find this answer.
I’ve used this saved posting several times in the past as well. Thanks! Just did it again on a 2008 R2 and tried if I can connect without rebooting. Yes, you can. So: no need for a reboot, just add that value and it works right-away.