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Powershell : New-SMBSHARE does not create the shared folder.

Dear All,

I have wrote a little powershell script

$useraccess ="user05"
$destination = "\\server01.contoso.lan\j$\groups\testroot\"
$UserFolders = "Scan_user05"                               New-SmbShare -Name $userfolders -Path $destination -FullAccess $useraccess

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But it is giving my that error message 

New-SmbShare : The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect. 
At line:7 char:9
+         New-SmbShare -Name $userfolders -Path $destination -FullAcces ... +         ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~     + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (MSFT_SMBShare:ROOT/Microsoft/Windows/SMB/MSFT_SMBSha     re) [New-SmbShare], CimException     + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Windows System Error 123,New-SmbShare

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I can't figure out how to fix it. I don't see where the issue is.

Do you have an idea?

I ca

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8/22/2022 - Mon

You have to specify a local path (not a UNC path).  So it has to be run on "server01".
Is "user05" a local user or domain user?  I'm pretty sure for a domain user you have to prepend the domain name (like "contoso\user05").

Sharing a folder does not create the folder.

So if you want to do this via script you would need to first create the folder, set the permissions on the folder, then create the share and set the permissions on the share.

so for example:
$destination = "J:\groups\testroot\"
New-Item $destination –type directory 

$useraccess ="domain\user05"
$shareName = "Scan_User05"

$Acl = Get-Acl $destination

$accessRule = New-Object System.Security.AccessControl.FileSystemAccessRule($useraccess,"FullControl","Allow")
$acl | Set-Acl $destination
        New-SmbShare -Name $shareName -Path $destination -FullAccess $useraccess

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NOTE in this example I only set permissions for the user not for admins etc. 


So there is no way to run that script from a workstation?
user05 is an example. I know what to do if the user is a domain computer.

I know that I have to create the folder first and also set the permissions.

My concern was on the error message as I would like to run the script from a workstation that is part of a domain.

Thks yo all

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James Murphy

Not exactly.  The New-SMBShare command has to be run on the server where the directory to be shared is located, but how you run it there is up to you.  You can use PS Remoting to establish a remote session to the server, which you can then use to run the command.

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