Issues after disabling administrative shares

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 12 Nov. 2008 / Last Updated on 29 Aug. 2008]

Here are several reasons why you should never disable the default administrative shares on Windows computers, especially in an enterprise (managed) environment.

If you disable administrative shares like C$ on a Windows server or client computer, then anything that tries to access your computer via SMB will fail. This can include but is not limited to the following:

System Center Configuration Manager

SMS Inventory

Point and Print from shares on your computer

Anything else that accesses these admin shares for management purposes.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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