Windows Small Business Server 2011 installation and configuration – Part 9 Configuring “Add a new shared folder”

Go directly to SBS 2011 index file. With links to all articles from this serie.

After we are finished with Part 8 Configuring “POP3 connector” we go to the “Shared Folders and Web Sites” page of the SBS console and the Shared Folders tab.

Choose “Add a new shared folder” on the tasks pane.

Now we are going to select a folder we would like to share, choose Browse.

Browse to the folder you would like to share. If you have not created a folder yet, you can create one with Make New Folder.

After we selected the folder, you can choose to do or do not change the NTFS permissions. If you already set them you can skip these by choosing No. I have not set the permissions so we choose for Yes, change NTFS permissions and choose Edit Permissions…

By default the file permissions are set to Administrator and System have Full Control access, Users only Read & Execute and Creator Owner may create files and folders. This means everyone can create files and folders but only change the ones created by them. Others can only read those files, so we gave the Users group Modify rights so everyone can change files and folders.

Now we are going to give the share a name, in this case we haven’t installed NFS so we are not able to set this. Just give the share an appropriate name, if you add a $ sign at the end of the share name it will be a hidden share and not visible if someone browse the network.

Here we are able to set some additional features, so choose Advanced…

On the User Limits tab we can limit the number of users that can access the share, default value is maximum allowed. The other option we can set is access-based enumeration, this is a really nice option, when this is enabled users only see folders if they have access permissions.

On the Caching tab you can set if and how files are available for offline caching.

Now we are going to configure the share permissions. Just keep in mind that when you set the share permissions to only read access, you only have read access on the files and folders, no matter what you have configured (modify or owner) over there.
If the default options don’t fit, you can choose Users and groups have custom share permissions: and choose Permissions…

By default the share permissions are set to Read, if people must modify files and folders you have to check Change.

You can apply quota settings to the share, there are six default quota policies defined. But you can create or edit these as you like, you have to do this via the File Server Resource Manager.

This is a nice feature you can apply a file screen to a share and block typical files. So if you have a data only share you can choose to block executable files for security reasons. There are five default file screens available, you can create or edit these screens via the File Server Resource Manager.

If you have configured a DFS namespace you can publish the share to the DFS namespace.

An overview of the options you have chosen, choose Create to create the share.

You have successfully created a network share.

Go back to Part 8 Configuring “POP3 connector”
Continue with Part 10 Configuring “Add a new group”

Posted in Blog, Howto, SBS 2011 by ronnypot at February 1st, 2011.
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2 Responses to “Windows Small Business Server 2011 installation and configuration – Part 9 Configuring “Add a new shared folder””

  1. gsanders says:


  2. Bruce Mears says:

    Awesome – thanks!

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