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Posted on 2014-03-10
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Hello All,

An issue has been reported to me that users (Even the admin) cannot create a new share. All pre-existing shares are fine but when I go to create a new share I am prompted with an error message that states "An error occurred while trying to share "share name". Incorrect Function. The shared resource was not created at this time." I have researched the issue and tried to reset the firewall both from the command line as well as Advanced Firewall settings. When that did not work I tried to restore the default policy to no avail. Has anyone else seen this type of behavior?
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by:Santosh Gupta
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1. is it windows box ?
2. please note you are not using windows "Reserved" names .
3. is it network drive ?
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Yes, it is Server 2008 R2 Enterprise and it is an external drive that is connected to the server and currently has shares on it but I cannot create a share. I can also not create any new folders and share them out on the server either. No, I am not using windows reserved names (I.E - \\whopper\shares\user).
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by:Santosh Gupta
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Check the Server 2008 firewall and opened the "Windows Firewall with Advanced Security" and right click and then select "Restore defaults" button.

And try.
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When I try that I get the error "Could not restore the default policy" Error 3.
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by:Santosh Gupta
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1. Check if firwall service is running.
2. Disable the firewall, if already then enable and disable.
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by:jhaysbns
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Disabling the service corrected the problem. Do you know how to resolve it without disabling the firewall service then restarting it?
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by:Santosh Gupta
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1. again start the Windows Firewall Service is “Running”.

2. try again to "Restore defaults".

3. if not then try To restore the firewall settings, open an elevated command prompt, type the following and hit Enter:

netsh advfirewall reset

if you got any error then pls share screen shot,
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CMD Screenshot
Still get an error.
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Santosh Gupta earned 500 total points
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Looks like the Firewall polices are corrupted in some weird way.  pls try this.

-  export firewall polices from a Windows 2008 R2 computer that does not have this problem.  (Option on the right most panel of the 3 panel screen for Windows Firewall)

- Copy the .wfw file you exported to your bad firewall computer.  

- Use the "import Policy" option in Windows Firewall to replace the firewall policy on the bad computer.
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Thank you for all of your help
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are you able to share the folder with firewall on ??
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