Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 still missing the shared folder icon

Windows Server 2012 still missing the shared folder icon

Highlights

  • As was the case with Windows Server 2008 R2, you can manually change the folder icon that is displayed to show the shared folder designation, but who wants to have to do this especially if you have tens or hundreds of shares.
  •  If you have a folder with several hundred subfolders in which some are shared and others are not, you may find yourself very frustrated trying to figure out which folders are shared without any designation of those particular folders being shared.
  • We are not really sure why Microsoft has chosen to eliminate the shared folder designation as it is just one more step and administrative burden that system administrators have to deal with in managing their folder structure.

One of the misnomers of Windows Server 2008 R2 that gave admins fits is the lack of any type of shared folder designation.  If you have a folder with several hundred subfolders in which some are shared and others are not, you may find yourself very frustrated trying to figure out which folders are shared without any designation of those particular folders being shared.  We were hoping that with Windows Server 2012, Microsoft would once again resurrect this badly needed feature for admins.  But alas, in a test VM of Windows Server 2012, we have confirmed the lack of the shared folder icon has been carried over into Server 2012.

As you can see in our test below, the test folder is clearly shared:

noshare1

Can you see any difference in the test folder and any of the other folders below?

noshare2

As was the case with Windows Server 2008 R2, you can manually change the folder icon that is displayed to show the shared folder designation, but who wants to have to do this especially if you have tens or hundreds of shares?

noshare3

We are not really sure why Microsoft has chosen to eliminate the shared folder designation as it is just one more step and administrative burden that system administrators have to deal with in managing their folder structure.  Maybe they are pushing a different methodology when it comes to managing shares such as the File and Storage Services console.  However, this still doesn’t solve the issue of seeing visually which folders are shared with others within another folder.

 

 

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Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee is the Senior Writer, Engineer and owner at Virtualizationhowto.com and has over two decades of experience in Information Technology. Having worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as in various industries, Brandon has extensive experience in various IT segments and is a strong advocate for open source technologies. Brandon holds many industry certifications, loves the outdoors and spending time with family.

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