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We have a Windows 2000 server running in mixed mode (it is a member server in an NT4 domain).  The server contains all of our users directories and they are all hidden shares ($).  I want to move the folders without losing the shares and having to recreate them.  Is there a way to do this?

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1 - First of all back up your data !

2 - Export the shares ( they will all go as one file in Regedit ) from the registry under this key

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\LanmanServer\Shares]

3 - Copy the directories from the server you are on to the server you want to use.

4 - Import the registry settings on the new server ( i.e double click on the reg file exported in Step 2 ).

5 - Reboot the server.

6 - The shares will be recreated if the directory for it exists on the server. If it does not exist you will get an error message in Event viewer.
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The above would be the answer.
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by:clisi
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Hi, msctec.  Thanks for your response.  I just have one question.  How can this work if the path is different on the new shares?
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Hi, msctec.  Thanks for your response.  I just have one question.  How can this work if the path is different on the new shares?
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If the path is different it will be different for all so change it. Right click the Registry file and click edit. You will be able to edit the location.
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I haven't tested this yet, as by the time I got the response I had already manually recreated the shares.  I assume this answer is correct and will accept it as Excellent!  Thanks, MSCTEC.
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Thanks a lot.
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