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Using the Share and Storage Management Snap-In

Windows Server 2008 provides a new snap-in, the Share and Storage Management snap-in, that makes it easy for you to manage network shares. The Share and Storage Management snap-in also allows you to manage storage disks on a server. For example, you can extend a volume, format a volume, or delete a volume directly from the snap-in (working with disks and volumes is discussed in Hour 6.

Shares can be created (or provisioned as it is defined in the Windows 2008 environment) in the Provision a Shared Folder Wizard. A share is simply a drive or folder that you share for user access.

You can open the Share and Storage Management snap-in in the Server Manager (expand the Roles and File Services nodes) or in the MMC (Start, Administrative Tools, Share and Storage Management).

The Share and Storage Management snap-in provides two tabs: Shares and Volumes. Figure 12.9 shows the snap-in (in the Server Manager) with the Shares tab selected.

Figure 12.9. Shares and volumes can be viewed in the Share and Storage Management snap-in.

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By default the shares are listed by protocol and you can use the details buttons on the Shares tab to list the shares by other parameters such as local path, quota, or whether or not shadow copy has been applied to the share (shadow copy is discussed later in this hour).

When you open the Share and Storage Management snap-in (and the Shares tab is selected), you can see any existing shares on the server. This includes any shares you may have created using other tools (such as the Computer folder, which is discussed in the next section) and also shows the administrative shares.

Depending on the roles that you have configured for a server running Windows Server 2008, a number of administrative shares are created automatically. These administrative shares serve as special resources related to specific server features. You do not access these special shares as a user would access a share providing files; instead, these administrative shares are accessed by server processes and services.

Whereas some of these administrative shares are configured as hidden shares, others are not. It is important that these special shares not be deleted, moved, or renamed—doing so affects the server’s functionality. Some of these special administrative shares are listed here:

Remember that these administrative shares are necessary for server functionality. They typically should not be tampered with.

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