Enable File and Printer Sharing on all servers - is it a vulnerability?

I was wondering if Enabling File and Printer Sharing on all servers is vulnerability?


The purpose of this is so that we can copy files btw servers. Do we need to enable it? What if we run Powershell script to copy files. Do we still need to turn File Printer sharing on?
creative555Asked:
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JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
F&P sharing is enabled on most all business computers and it is not causing issues. No more of a vulnerability than any other opening (port or connection, internet itself).
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you are properly secured, File and Print Sharing is not a security risk and there is no harm in using it.
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Mal OsborneConnect With a Mentor Alpha GeekCommented:
Well, yes, file and print services can be a vulnerability. Having said that, usual practice is to leave them enabled. I have seen site were a few servers have had these services blocked, SQL servers and machines in a DMZ.
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creative555Author Commented:
thank you!!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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McKnifeCommented:
It is very astounding what recommendations are given here.
Of course we don't open up ports on servers if

A we don't have to since there are other ways
and
B we are worried about security

So my recommendation is not to enable file and printer sharing but use a file server for file exchange between servers instead.
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