Hidden Share in Windows 2003

I would like to find out is there any main difference between normal share and hidden share ($)

Recently, I have some users who are unable to access file remotely for hidden share and I couldn't figure out why.

Is there any good website that list out and explain all kind of ntfs permission?

Can anybody explain why?

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I believe they're about the same.
Except the default share permissions for W2k3 over W2k is Everyone/Read vs Everyone/Full Control

What's the share and permissions set to now?  The effective permission is the most restrictive between the share and ntfs permissions.  Thus if you have full access to the share, but only read to the ntfs/security folder - your effective permission will only be read (except if either is denied).

All a hidden share does is it keeps the share from being seen in my network places or network neighborhood. If you know the name of the share then you can still connect to it without any problems.

So if you are getting access denied errors then you do need to take a look at your share and your ntfs permissions as described above.
Did you check the share permissions and the security pemissions to make sure that they are correct??
They are two different entities but have to work together.
Users must have permission on the share, as well as correct security permissions to get access.
You can use the security\advanced\effective permissions from the shared folder on the server to see what the actual permissions for these users are. You may need to make some adjustments to get them working ok.
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Here is a good overview from Microsoft about hidden shares and what shares by default are setup:

Also, here is a free video that explains NTFS/share permissions in Windows:

Hope that helps.
dna33Author Commented:
I have managed to solve the problem but I have alot of permission created here and there.
Beside cacls, is there any other tool that is able to check permission for every shared folder?

Dumpsec is also a great tool for an outline of your share/security permissions for your file structure:


Also Accessenum from Sys Internals:

dna33Author Commented:
Hi all, I will give it a try first.
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