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How To Create Shared Folders (SMB) In Windows Server?

Corporates companies and workgroups need to share documents, files within one network. Windows introduces a network-based File Sharing/Directory Sharing option in the Windows Servers Operating System to solve this problem. As per the standard practice, only network-connected users can have access to shared folders. At the setup time, the administration must assign specific permissions within the workgroup and secure the network with proper hardening practices.

In this article, we will cover how to create shared folders in windows server through computer management. Also, we will show you the implemented directory sharing with real-time examples. Let’s get started.


How to Create Shared Folder (SMB)?

1. Login to Windows Server → Navigate to Server Manager.

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2. Next, click on Tools → Open Computer Management.

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3. Navigate to Computer Management → Expand System Tools → Expand Shared FoldersRight Click on Shares Click on New Share.

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4. Now, it will prompt the Shared Folder Wizard → Click on Next.

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5. In this step, you need to specify the directory → Click on Browse.

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6. Select the Directory by navigating to the destination → Click on OK. Also, you can create the New Directory/Folder using the Make New Folder option at the present working directory/partition.

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7. Once you are done with selecting the required directory → Click on Next.

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5. Here, you can find Share Name, Share Path, Description, and offline settings. Enter the description for the shared folder.

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6. (Optional) By default, you could see in Offline Settings Selected Files and Programs Available Offline. As per requirement, you can change it too. Click on Change and select the required option → Click on OK.

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7. After making the required configuration in Name, Description, and Settings → Click on Next.

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8. Shared Folder Permissions. This is a crucial step where you must wisely select the appropriate permissions to the end-user who can access the shared folder in windows Click on Finish.

  • All users have read-only- access.
  • Administrators have full access; other users have read-only access.
  • Administrators have full access; other users have no access.
  • Customize Permissions: Using this option, you can grant all the (Full Access) permissions to the users. We recommend knowingly choosing the permission options.
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9. Congratulations! You have successfully created Shared Folder in the Windows Server.

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How to Access Shared Folder?

Now we have created a shared folder that is accessible by every other user associated with this windows server. To access the shared folder, you need to map it as a drive in the windows machine providing the path. Want to know how? Follow the below steps,

1. Right-click on the This Pc icon or search, right-click on the This PC → Click on the Map network drive.

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2. Select the desired drive letter Enter the Shared Folder path (Example: \\server\\path).

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3. Finally, click on Finish.

How to Access Shared Folder

4. Now, open File Manager → This PC → Here, you have a configured Shared Folder that you can access.

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Conclusion

In the article, we went through how to create shared folders in the windows server. Using this article, you can specifically share one or multiple folders through the windows shared folder wizard.

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Updated on July 27, 2022
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