Windows Shared Folder Permission:Read vs Change vs Full Control

windows-8-logo-excerpt1In Windows File Sharing, you can assign shared folder permissions to users, groups, or computers. However, unlike file permissions, you cannot configure shared folder permissions for individual files or folders in the shared folder.

Shared folder permissions are set for the shared folder itself, and apply universally to the entire contents of the shared folder for users who access the folder over the network.

When you create a shared folder, the default assigned shared permission for the Everyone group is set to Read.

Below are the lists of permissions that you can assign to a shared folder.

A) Read

– Users can view folder and file names, view file data and attributes, run program files and scripts, and navigate the folder structure within the shared folder

B) Change

– Users can create folders, add files to folders, change data in files, append data to files, change file attributes, delete folders and files, and perform all tasks permitted by the Read permission

C) Full Control

– Users can change file permissions, take ownership of files, and perform all tasks permitted by the Change permission.

Please take noted that Shared folder permissions apply only to users who access the folder over the network. They do not affect users who access the folder locally on the computer that stores the folder.

How to hide shared folder in Windows Environment?

windows-8-logo-excerpt1When you share a folder, the folder will visible in a network. But in some scenario you want t hide the shared folder from users who are browsing the network, you can create hidden shared folders.

Once you hide the shared folder, you cannot access it if you browse the server by using File Explorer. You can access a hidden shared folder by typing in its UNC path.

To hide a shared folder, you just need to append the dollar symbol ($) to the folder’s share name. 

For example, you can change a shared folder on File-Server1 named Sales into a hidden shared folder by naming the folder Sales$. 

The shared folder will be accessible over the network by using the UNC path \\File-Server1\Sales$.

If you have any others trick to hide the share folder, please share with me. 🙂