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Show hidden share in sbs2011 remote web access

ndidomenico
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I have 2 hidden shares ($) I need to be viewable/accessible when connecting to Remote Web Access in SBS 2011. All regular shares display properly. How ?
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Adam BrownSenior Systems Admin
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RWA will only show non-hidden shares. Otherwise you would have all the administrative shares visible on RWA, which would be bad. The only way you can get a share to show up in RWA is to remove the $ from the share name.

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I understand about the administrative shares. I thought there would be a config file somewhere in RWA where I could enter the 2 specific hidden share names, or something like that.

If I remove the $ in the share name, users have to log back in again in order to get the new mappings ? (the drive mappings are handled in a GPO)
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Oh hey. Did a little extra digging and you apparently can assign custom shares in RWA. http://www.jacksontechnical.com/article.htm?id=50 has details.

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Yeah, I did see that article earlier in my search. Someone was saying to be carefull about this change, that it is not a MS supported feature to modify this file ... Might not be too risky after all.
Adam BrownSenior Systems Admin
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Well, it's worth a shot. You can make a backup of your web.config and restore that if things go wonky.

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Do you think I need to restart any service after having made that change ?
Adam BrownSenior Systems Admin
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You'll probably need to run IISReset

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Worked beautiffully ! Did not even need to restart IIS, as soon as you modify the config file, the RWA displays the newly added shares ! And I can control exactly which shares display ie: I did not put the Users shares there, or other administrative sensitive shares.

Thank you very much !

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