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Hi,
 
 We used to see a "hand" underneath "Shared" folders in SBS2003.
 But in SBS2011, I can't see those hands on those shared folders.
 I know I can go to Computer Management or type \\ComputerName to see the list , but is there an option that I simply turn on to see those hands visually?
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by:arroryn
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I'm not sure the visual GUI allows for that - it's a permanent system change. Unless I'm misunderstanding you... in the same way you used to see the "hand" in XP and older, you no longer see it in Vista, 7 and 8. I don't think there's a nice way of getting it back, and I wouldn't trust a third party app on my server to just get this "feature" back I'm afraid (my two cents at any rate).
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by:Alan Hardisty
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There is a hotfix for this which can be downloaded / installed form here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2291175

Alan
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by:sglee
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Alan,
 
 I just installed it and rebooted SBS2011,but I still don't see the hands on shared folders.
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Did you follow the instructions in the link as well as install the hotfix?
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by:sglee
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Not much to follow other than running the downloaded hotfix file and rebooting the server.
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by:sglee
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HotfixAlan,
  Here is what I downloaded and installed.
  On this screenshot, I just wanted to show you the details of the hotfix file that I downloaded. Also I tried to re-install, but it does not let me because it is already installed.
 
  I will install it on Windows 7 PCs and post the result.
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by:sglee
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It fails to install it on Windows 7 32bit and 64bit.
The only computer that was successful was SBS2011, but it did not display "hands".

All of my SBS2011s are DCs in production, so it is not easy to install this program that requires REBOOT.
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by:David Atkin
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Hello,

Just to get some background info.  Why do you need to see these?

Is there any reason you are not managing shares from inside the SBS Console?
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by:sglee
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@Dave
Yes I can see shared folders in CompMgmt.msc or SBS Console.
But when you browse thru folders and files in windows explorer, it is nice to see the "hands" - visual confirmation.
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by:compdigit44
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On your SBS 2011 under folder options is the check box selected for the Simple file sharing wizard???
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by:sglee
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Sharing WizardIs this what you are referring to in red box?
It was already checked.
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by:compdigit44
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Yes that is what I was referring to . Try to uncheck it then try to share a test folder
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by:sglee
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I unchecked the checkbox, but the result is the same. I don't see the hand on the shared folder.
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Alan Hardisty earned 1040 total points
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Installing the 'Classic Shell Utility' should give you what you want according to the following blog:

http://4sysops.com/archives/how-to-bring-back-the-sharing-hand-folder-icon-to-windows-server/

Alan
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by:sglee
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Alan,
 
Thanks for taking time to find the software, but I am not comfortable installing 3rd party solution on the Server. Too much risk if something goes wrong.
If there is no solution by MS, I will close the case.
Although the hotfix, according to MS, is supposed to do just that.
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by:compdigit44
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Did you try to uncheck the simple file sharing as I suggested? It does not require a reboot
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by:sglee
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"Did you try to uncheck the simple file sharing as I suggested?"
Sorry I did not. Where can I do that?
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Well that is what I thought would happen, but sadly doesn't appear to be the case.

Completely understand the lack of desire to install a 3rd party app for something like this.

Sorry there doesn't seem to be an MS solution.

Alan
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by:sglee
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Alan,
Thank you always.
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by:Alan Hardisty
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My pleasure.
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