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Chapter 8.  Sharing and Accessing Networ... > All drives are shared with a $ sign

8.4. All drives are shared with a $ sign

Windows 2000, like Windows NT, automatically creates administrative shares. These administrative shares are used by the operating system and are useful for remote administration. Windows 2000 sets the permissions automatically for the administrative shares so that only members of the Administrators group can access them. Administrative shares have a $ as the last character to make them hidden from browsing.

There is typically no reason to try to modify or remove administrative shares. Since they are hidden, they don't clutter the browse list, and their inherent security settings prevent anyone but an administrator from accessing them.


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