Windows Server 2008 Manageability Feature: Group Policy Preferences: Part 7 Network Shares

With the Group Policy Preferences, we can now deploy Network Shares by just going to either the Computer or User Configuration, navigate to the PREFERENCES, then expand Windows Settings. On the Network Shares icon, right click new and then Click Network Share.






On the New Network Share Properties, you can choose the action to Create, Replace,  Update or Delete.

These actions are common in group policy preferences and they may have the same context of action that you are doing. For this instance its the action for creating the network shares

Create: Create a new share for computers.

Delete: Remove ("un-share") a share from computers.

Replace : Delete and recreate a share. The net result of the Replace action is to overwrite all existing settings associated with the share. If the share does not exist, then the Replace action creates a new share.

Update: Modify settings of a share. This action differs from Replace in that it only updates settings defined within the preference item. All other settings remain as configured on the share. If the share does not exist, then the Update action creates a new share.

The share is highly manageable, you can even specify the user limit and the Access-Based Enumeration which I really love. (Been using ABE for a while) Abe is available from Windows Server 2003 SP1 as an additional install, but is built in Windows Server 2008.

If you choose Update or Delete Action, you can take control also of the Action modifiers.

Normally you will not have that much network shares but if you target this right, you can have deployable file servers or in my scenario I have to make network shares that are a member of my File Server OU’s.

So our take away, the different actions that are normally done in Group Policy preferences: Create, Replace, Update and Delete. Also creating Network Share Preferences.


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John is currently creating digital assets that protects people and their future, a technical trainer and a full time geek specializing on development and deployment of innovations created with .NET framework on Windows platform as well as Windows infrastructure projects. He is the primary contact of the Philippine Windows Users Group, a contributor at the Microsoft Philippines Community forums and regularly conducts community sessions as well as other Microsoft technology events. John owns the Busy Saving The World Techblog.

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