simple file sharing

Posted on 2007-11-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
hi could some explain what simple file sharing is and should i have it turned off or on in a windows 2003 AD with XP Pro clients network.

Question by:kingcastle
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ID: 20309334
Here's microsoft's definition of simple file sharing.  Basically, if you want to set permissions for network shares, DISABLE Simple file sharing:

HOW TO: Disable Simplified Sharing and Password-Protect a Shared Folder in Windows XP;en-us;307874

By default, simple file sharing is enabled on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer if the computer is not a member of a domain. With simple file sharing, you can share folders with everyone on your workgroup or network and make folders in your user profile private. However, if simple file sharing is enabled, you cannot prevent specific users and groups from accessing your shared folders. If you turn off simple file sharing, you can permit specific users and groups to access a shared folder. Those users must be logged on with the credentials of user accounts that you have granted access to your shared folder.

If simple file sharing is enabled, you see the simple file sharing user interface appears instead of the Security and Sharing tabs. By default, this new user interface is implemented in Windows XP Home Edition and in Microsoft Windows XP Professional if you are working in a workgroup. If you turn off simple file sharing, the classic Security and Sharing tabs appear, and you can specify which users and groups have access to shared folders on your computer.
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ID: 20309606
Simple file sharing sucks, you lose all controle and its a nightmare to try and troublshoot a network - step one for xp installs - disable simple file shraing
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ID: 20309936
SInce it is automatically disabled for machines in a Domain, it should not make any difference.

I hope this helps !
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ID: 20310093
Sysexpert -

you're kidding me right.....

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ID: 20311279
so where so i go to turn it off, just to make sure!

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ID: 20311300
well seein the bait wasnt taken....simple file sharing is not disabled when joined to a domain, thats a load of rubbish

In windows explorer - tools - options - view - untick "enable simple file sharing"

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ID: 20311323
should i also do this on the servers or is it only on xp's
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Jay_Jay70 earned 500 total points
ID: 20311365
SFS is just on xp machines :)

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