How are drives shared for administrative purposes?

Posted on 2008-06-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have serveral mapped drives that when I attempt to alter them I get a message that states "this drive has been shared for administrative purposes" and I cannot make any changes to that share.  How is this type of sharing accomplished and where do I go on my server to make changes to this administrative share?  I am running SBS 2003 with Exchange.

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These are the standard C$, D$, E$ etc. drives which are created automatically by Windows for remote access to server hard disk drives by administrators. There is very little you can actually modify on these shares because Windows resets the shares the next time the server reboots.

If you want to add another share to somewhere you have an administrative share you must press the "New Share" button on the sharing window.


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Thanks lets take this one step further.  I have a drive called F: that has all of these administrative shares on them.  I plan on taking two hard drives and setting them up in a RAID 1 configuration.  I then plan on copying the file structure of F: onto the new RAID 1 array and then renaming the current F: drive to G: and then renaming the RAID 1 array to F:.  Will the new adiminstrative shares show up on the new F: RAID 1 array when I reboot the machine?
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When the machine is rebooted, Windows will reevaluate the drives and reconfigure the Administrative Sharing correctly for whatever drives are present at boot time.



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Thanks again tigermatt
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You're welcome,

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