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Standard Users and Administrative Shares

First of, administrative shares are those generated by the operating system by default and are typically labeled with the $ sign to make them hidden.  Examples of these are the shares to the root of each of the drives and the Windows folder.

Two of the common administrative shares in Windows.

Users with administrative-level privileges on the system will not have a problem mapping to these.  Fortunately standard users will typically not need to access these administrative shares.

The problem is if you share a folder and your standard users attempt to access it using a path that requires administrative access.  Take for example the following path:

Shared folder

The name of this file share is “Test.”

If your standard user attempts to access this via \\Server\D$\Temp\FS\Test, then his access will fail because the standard user does not have permission to access the D$ shared root in the first place.  Users with administrative-level privileges will not encounter this problem.  The solution is simple: The standard user should access this share via the sharing name given to it, thus it should be \\Server\Test.

This looks like a simple problem, and it is, actually, but it’s amazing what you learn and find out from daily troubleshooting of user’s issues.


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