publish a share in AD

Hi Experts,

we are using a lot of shares in our network, they are located on our NETAPP.
Can you explain me the benefit of publishing a share into AD ?
Later on is it still secure ?

And we use many letters for our shares, more letters than the alphabet has....
Do you also have a recommendation to map shared folders to people but with an easier way ?
Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAsked:
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FOXActive Directory/Exchange EngineerCommented:
The first link is just basic mapping of a drive to a share in group policy.  The second link capitalizes on that using the COMMON tab and targeting a certain group ( example :Sales group) and mapping them to a share that they use.

http://www.howtogeek.com/99403/it-how-to-map-network-drives-on-windows-clients-via-group-policy/

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2009/01/07/using-group-policy-preferences-to-map-drives-based-on-group-membership.aspx
MasonWexlerCommented:
Publishing a Share in AD makes it searchable so you can access it without having to map it as a drive, so I'm not sure this makes sense in your situation.

It's also worth taking a look at Distributed File System Namespaces (DFS-N) to create a logical view of the shares that you could map as a single drive for all users or push out a shortcut to the desktop.  

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc732863.aspx
Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
OK, publishing a share in AD is just a benefit to search it.
Thanks, maybe it is a benefit for us.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
When I use DFS, you mean I can make my shares visible for all users and no letters anymore needed ?
Can I combine it with Access Based Enumeration ?
compdigit44Commented:
This is a great question.. I have often wondered my self why or the really value of adding a share or printer in AD when a user can easily type in \\servername and list all shares
MasonWexlerCommented:
DFS allows you to create a Active Directory-based root with shares linked under the root.  You can also create virtual folders map shares to taxonomy-based hierarchy.  You can think of DFS like DNS for file shares so that you can move a share from one server to another without users having to know and they don't have to know what server they are on.  Under the covers, DFS is just routing users to the share, so Access Based Enumeration sill works.

So you could create a taxonomy for the business with the current shares linked underneath, and push the same shortcut to all users desktops through group policy, or map a single drive letter.

You access an AD DFS root using the name of the Domain, URL for a general data folder for the Contoso domain would be: \\Contoso\Data.

The virtual folders under \\Contoso\Data that would a taxonomy might look something like:

\\Contoso\Data
   Engineering
   Manufacturing
   Operations
       IT
       HR
       Supply Chain
   Sales
      Marketing
      Sales Managers  
 

With the current shares linked underneath the virtual folders.

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