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Share subfolders on a File Share resource

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To share subfolders on a File Share resource

  1. Open Cluster Administrator.

  2. Create a File Share resource.

    For more information on creating a new resource, see Related Topics.

  3. In the console tree, double-click Groups, and then click the group that contains the File Share resource that you created in step 2.

  4. In the details pane, click the File Share resource that you created. On the File menu, click Properties.

  5. On the Parameters tab in Path, type the path to the folder whose subfolders you want to share.

  6. To configure file share permissions, click Permissions.

    For more information about setting permissions, including NTFS permissions, see "To set permissions on a shared resource" in Related Topics.

  7. Click Advanced, and then click Share subdirectories to enable the combo file share option that allows File Share resources to share subfolders. If you want to prevent users from seeing the subdirectory shares when they browse the network, click Hide subdirectories shares, and then click OK.

    For more information about file and printer sharing, see "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft networks" in Related Topics.

  8. On the File menu, click Bring online.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To open Cluster Administrator, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Cluster Administrator.

  • The combo file share option permits a File Share resource to share subfolders. Subfolders of a combo file share are shared using the folder name. You cannot specify a name for a subfolder share. The only way to change a subfolder file share name is to change the subfolder name (for example, using Windows Explorer). Changing the name of a shared subfolder breaks the file share temporarily. The subfolder file share will be unavailable for the time specified by the File Share resource Is Alive poll interval. The subfolder will be shared again the next time the File Share resource Is Alive poll is called.

  • If you select the Hide subdirectories shares option you do not have to type $ as the last character when specifying the file share name. The File Share resource will automatically hide the subdirectories when you select the Hide subdirectories shares option.

  • For more information, see article Q256926, "Implementing Home Folders on a Server" in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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