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Chapter 5.3. Sharing Folders > Monitoring and Testing Shared Folders

Monitoring and Testing Shared Folders

The Computer Management console has a Shared Folders section under System Tools. It provides information about shared folders, connected users, and open files (in a similar way to the Server icon in Control Panel under Windows NT). It is possible to set up and remove shared folders and to change their properties within this console, and to see which files are open and which users are connected.

It is possible to disconnect users through the MMC. However, as was explained earlier, if the connection is broken, the client will simply re-establish it. This can be a problem if the administrator disconnects a user or chooses Disconnect All users from the context menu for Sessions) because the connections will be re-established. Before disconnecting, some steps need to be followed to ensure that the connection won't be re-established. This might be a question of removing a share or setting its permissions to prevent access. Alternatively, the administrator may prevent new users from logging on by pausing the Net Logon service. This works for Domain Controllers and users logging on to member servers with Domain accounts, but it is not available if the machine sharing the folders is a Windows 2000 Professional computer or a standalone server. Users can be logged off and new connections refused by stopping the server service (in the same console under Services and Applications, Services)


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