Hidden Shared Resources

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 28 June 1998 / Last Updated on 28 June 1998]

When sharing a resource (a complete disk or a directory or a printer), you can on Windows95/98/NT4 declare the share to be a "hidden" share by having a $-sign at the end of the sharename:

When Browsing now the network (like in Explorer, Find-Computer or Network-Neighborhood), such hidden-resources will NOT be displayed:

Although the F-Drive of P120_HOME is shared,
it is NOT displayed.

To gain access to such a hidden resource, you MUST know its name.
Use the context-menu (right mouse-button) of "My Computer" or "Network Neighborhood":

select "Map Network Drive" and:

and enter now the UNC of the hidden resource:
\ \ <computername>\<sharename>

Once a hidden disk resource is mapped or a hidden printer is installed, it can be used like any other network resource.

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The Author — Johannes Helmig

Dr.Johannes Helmig is working as Director, Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training, with special interest in Networking.


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