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 widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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