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What Is a Network Share?

A network share is a drive or folder on a server that is made available to users on the network. Shares cannot consist of individual files.

So, how does a network share differ from a share provided by a peer computer on a peer-to-peer network? Whereas a peer share can be created by a user on his own computer (which actually can be any computer on a peer network or a server-based network where file and print sharing has been turned on), network shares located on a network server can only be created by network administrators or other users who have the administrative rights to create shares. For example, on a Windows 2000 Server machine, the Administrator account is used to manage server resources such as shares. On an NetWare server, the Admin account has all the power.


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