How to create Public folder in Windows Server 2012

Posted on 2013-06-22
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I inherited a Windows 2003 server with a shared folder named "Public" with the attributes H and S. Since it shows up as a System folder, it looks like it is a built-in folder. Is that the case? If so, is there a way to create the same Public folder in Windows Server 2012? Is there a tool to migrate that data from a 2003 server to a 2012 server?
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You did not say where the folder was located or if it has a share name.  I think you can create any folder you wish on the Server 2012 and give it any attributes you wish, but not sure what you want to use the referenced folder for?

If you have a folder (or a series of folders,) on Server 2003 and you wish to move data to a folder on Server 2012 you can do that with xcopy, robocopy, backup/restore or sneaker net with usb drives.  Each of these have their advantages.  But afaik there is no way to magically move folders and their contents from one location to another.  Robocopy, used correctly, will maintain the ACL during the move, which can save you a lot of time.

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The Public folder is located on the D drive and the share name is Public. I just figured that someone might hide the directory, but who would set it with a System attribute? That's why I thought it was created from a process as opposed to creating a folder and setting it as shared. Is it possible it is the result of setting the 2003 server up as a file server? I have the 2012 server setup as a file server, but no Public folder.
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Windows does not create anything on any drive except the "system" drive, usually C:.  Some application may have created the folder you see, or someone may have just been playing.

A share called Public where the underlying folder is marked system and hidden seems odd.  What, if anything, is in that folder?

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A screenshot should possibly help.


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Thanks for the help. I figured that Microsoft wouldn't install any system folder to a drive other than C, and I knew that you can set the system attribute to a folder, just seemed odd that someone would do it, so I just wanted to confirm I wasn't missing something.

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