Adding the Shared Folders MMC snap-in to Windows XP

Shows how to customize the Windows XP MMC to add support for managing Shared folders. This is really old-hat, but I thought I would write it up anyway, as it’s something that comes up periodically. Note that these instructions are written from the perspective of using a Windows XP SP3 workstation to manage a Windows 2003 R2 server – this may or may not be relevant to new versions of Microsoft’s operating systems.

 

Start up MMC (Microsoft Management Console

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Start > Run > “MMC” > OK

Customize MMC by adding Shared Folder management

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Click on File
Click on Add/Remove Snap-in

Select appropriate snap-in

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Make sure the Standalone tab is selected.
Click Add.
Select Shared Folders
Click Add

Choosing options for console

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When you click “Add”, it will display this options dialog.
In this case, I have chosen to manage a remote server and not this computer.
Once you have chosen the options you want, click “Finish”, then “Close”, then “OK”

Verifying functionality

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Verify that you see the resources that you expected to see.
This console gives you the ability to manage Shares, Sessions, and Open Files on the server.

Checking share permissions

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Choose Shares under Shared Folders.
Right click on the share that you want to check.
Click on Properties.
Review share permissions.

Customizing the MMC

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The original idea of the Microsoft Management Console was that people would use the snap-in architecture to customize and create consoles of just the tools that they used.
The screenshot is one example of this. The Shared Folders snap-in has been inserted twice, pointing at two different servers. Also, if you click File > Save As, you can save the console for re-use. As you can see above, I’ve saved this console as “BJCShareMan”. It’s accessibile under Start > All Programs > Administrative Tools > BJCShareMan.msc.

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