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Stopping the default share of C drive

Digdis

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#1
Hi,
My work PC has the default C$ share for C drive. I have too many reasons not to allow that. When I want to cancel this share, it tells me that the server service always creates this share when restarted. Is there any way to prevent this?
D.
 

Electronic Punk

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#2
Just make sure the built in administrator account has a password, or the account you are using does not have domain priviledges to view administrative shares.
 

madmatt

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#3
IPC$ and ADMIN$ need access to it; especially on a domain type network. Therefore, I wouldn't recommend it. Windows will add it right back.
 

Digdis

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#4
Thanks. Let me rephrase: as I don't always count on our infamous IT people, I'm afraid of the potential abuse caused by the automatic sharing of C$. I remember that on Win2K I could simply stop this share (I have WinXP now). How can I protect myself from such kind of abuse?
D.
 

madmatt

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#5
If you have files that you need to protect then the best means of protection is putting them on a USB drive and just plugging it in when you are at your desk and unplugging it when you are away.

But, as I said above, network resources (especially in a domain environment) need access to these shares (i.e. SMS/WSUS needs access to the Software Distribution folder in the the WINDOWS directory and it gains access via the C$ share).
 

madmatt

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#9
What don't you understand? You can't remove a default share. The system and network need it to be there.

If you need to protect files from others then change the permissions or move them to a USB drive.
 

fitz

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#10
This KB article is the reghack to disable the creation of the administrative shares. It is for NT4 but it also applies to Windows XP Pro.
 
#11
Digdis said:
Thanks. Let me rephrase: as I don't always count on our infamous IT people, I'm afraid of the potential abuse caused by the automatic sharing of C$. I remember that on Win2K I could simply stop this share (I have WinXP now). How can I protect myself from such kind of abuse?
D.
Instead of choosing C$ as your share, choose simply "C" that will at least make the share non-administrative, and force login to share.

Hope this helps.
 

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