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Simple File Sharing With Netware

I am running a Netware environment with windows based machines in my company. I am wondering if Windows Simple Files Sharing can cause security holes and if I would even need it turned on.
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Hi ddamrau

No it won't cause you security problems but recommend you turn it off all the same, Simple File Sharing can cause problems on a corporate network, mainly to do with sharing, printers etc..

It will cause problems in general, as matrixnz said, so it's always a good idea to turn it off, if you've got it on for some reason.

Microsoft realized the error of their ways (flagging it as "recommended" was a really dumb move) and turned it off by default with XP Pro SP2.  It never should've defaulted to "on" in XP Pro to begin with.

You never need it turned on in a corporate network.  It's intended for simple home-network peer-to-peer file/printer sharing, not for a corporate network environment of any sort.  It doesn't even work well in "legacy-type" file and printer sharing environments, the kind you used to set up with Windows 2000 Professional, if you were so inclined.
ddamrauAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the clarification on this one.

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