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View data on network computers. Server 2003, user machines XPSp2

How to view data on computers in a network.  I am looking to check the local computer file structure of computers on my network.  I have domain admin rights, server 2003. Do I have to have remote desktop turned on to view files on the network?  Or do I need to share the computer on the network?

I can view every computer Entire Network --> Microsoft Windows network --> Domain --> I see every computer on the network in this area but I am only able to view the printers and Scheduled jobs on most comps.
Sean Meyer
Sean Meyer
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If you access the hidden administrative shares you should be able to see the entire drive.

For example:


will show you the root of the C drive and you can use Explorer to view anything you like.
That's because the administrative shares ( C$ for instance) are hidden by default.

What specfically are you looking for?
When you use the browser service like this you see only the shares on the computer.  You can drill down into the shares and see the files.  You will not see the hidden or administrative shares using the browser (share names that end with a $).

As a domain admin you can set a drive to the administrative share(s) C$, D$, etc., on any computer and this will allow you to see the entire disk.

You don't need remote desktop unless you want to log into the computer remotely.

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