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What Impact does disabling Simple File Sharing Have on a Domain Controller

Posted on 2011-04-29
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We are in the process of deploying a agent on all systems; however, a hurdle that we have run into is "Simple File Sharing." There are three ways to disable "Simple File Sharing":  1) User Disabling Simple File Sharing if they have been granted Local Admin Rights: 2) via user login script; or 3) via chaning the Simple File Sharing on a DC and pushing out the changes with a gpupdate. Question is, is it safe to disable simple file sharing on a DC? Or is it better to disabling Simple File Sharing via script?
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comphil earned 1000 total points
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Simple file sharing is disabled by default on XP Pro clients joined to a domain.


I have never seen simple file sharing on a server OS.

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lakeofafrica earned 1000 total points
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as comphil said disabling Simple File Sharing can only be done on XP OS and I have not encountered any issues when disabling it.

The following KB has a section at the bottom of the article titled - this explains some of the behaviour associated with Simple File Sharing
Advanced troubleshooting for configuring file sharing in Windows XP



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