Disabling Windows 2000 default shares

It's good to disable default shares, but there are precautions to take into account.

Disabling Windows 2000 default shares
Adesh Rampat

When you install Windows 2000, you enable certain default shares. Adesh suggests that you disable them, with some caveats.
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Windows 2000 operating system includes default hidden shares that are open for use by the system account. To view the entire local hidden shared folders, type the following from the command prompt:

 net share

If you don't need them, you should disable the default shares because they can offer an intruder an entry point into a system. You might not need the shares if you have servers that are used for application testing or servers that handle logon services. In instances like these, the server service can be disabled. This will lessen the chance of creating a hole in your network.

However, you need to take certain precautions when disabling shares. For example, some applications may require the use of the hidden shared folders. Before disabling hidden shares, check all software applications loaded to ensure that they are not using any of the hidden shares, especially with network servers.

Disabling all the default shares can be performed through the following steps:

Disabling the Server Service via Control Panel

  • Go To Control Panel
  • Click on Administrative Tools
  • Select Services
  • Locate the Server Service (for workstations locate the workstation service)
  • Double-click on the Server Service. Click on the drop-down button in the Startup Type box then click on disable.

Adesh Rampat has 10 years experience with network and IT administration. He is a member of the Association of Internet Professionals, the Institute for Network Professionals and the International Webmasters Association. He has also lectured extensively on a variety of topics.

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Related Book

Windows 2000 Hardware and Disk Management, 1/e
Author: Curt Simmons
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Published: June 2000
Summary:
Windows 2000 Hardware and Disk Management is 100% focused on helping IT professionals and users make the most of hardware and disks with Windows 2000. Covering both Windows 2000 Server and Professional, this book delivers practical examples, real-world techniques, and expert insight--in a handy, quick-reference format that delivers the right solution, right when you need it!


This was first published in August 2001

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