How Do You Make Windows Network Shares Invisible To Network Clients

Posted on 2006-05-05
Last Modified: 2010-03-17

I havre some windows shares that I do not want to be visible to anyone.  I have not published them in the AD, yet they still show up to all PCs.  Please advise.  Thanks.
Question by:rstuemke
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    I seem to remember that if you change the name of the share from say "SHARE" to "SHARE$"

    then the share is not 'broadcast' in the same way, and will not appear by default in the network neighbourhood, although I suspect that this might be a client filtering issue rather than the share not being broadcast, because smbclient -L <hostname> still displays it.

    Beyond that, I'm not aware of any options available with a windows share to compare with the samba 'browseable' directive.

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    Expert Comment

    pjedmond is exactly right,
    by adding the dollar sign to the end of a share name, that will make it so it won't show up in listing on Windows clients ONLY
    linux clients don't pay attention like that so they'll see all the shares regardless

    Author Comment

    $ was the answer.  However, Fedora Core 5 ignored the share with a $ also.  Added bonus.  Thanks.

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