share permissions basics

I am a bit puzzled by "share" permissions, and was trying to establish if they only ever relate to remote access.

For example if I have a new windows PC it creates a number of default shares - which are only ever "admin shares" which I thought only meant the data on these shares can only ever be accessed by admins. But if you set up a basic user account i.e. "domain user" then they can access certain directories on the local disc of their PC, but if they arent an admin (granted via an interactive login and not by mapping a share from another PC), how are they then accessing data on an admin share?
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Nathan PSystems ArchitectCommented:
You're correct.  Any 'Share' relates to access rights from a 'non-local' user.

If you want to manage which users can get to things on the NTFS disk, you need the security tab, not the sharing tab (when you right click the folder and select properties)

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pma111Author Commented:
So for interactive logins (either physically or via RDP share permissions essentially go out the window and access is controlled by directory ACL's?).
Nathan PSystems ArchitectCommented:
In terms of File access, you have to presume that RDP is exactly equal to local.  You are RDP-ing to the machine and running stuff on the machine locally, so it's exactly the same thing as the user sitting in front of the machine with a real keyboard, mouse and screen.

You're right, Share permissions go out the Windows®, pun intended.
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