Administrative Shares are created by the Windows operating system when more than one computer is connected in a network. Administrators and computer support technicians need to access other networked computers and manage their services.
Administrative shares are created to allow this remote access for operations like backups or configuring print settings. These are hidden shares of a logical hard disk. They are different from the usual shared folders/directories as they remain invisible and can only be accessed with admin rights on a machine.
You can recognize an administrative share when a drive letter or folder name has a ‘$’ sign attached at the end. E.g. Drive C is shared as ‘C$’. The operating system creates hidden “administrative shares” for all logical drives with a dollar appended in the end (C$;D$…). It also creates the admin$ hidden share for default system root or Windows directory as ADMIN$. Other common administrative shares are IPC$, PRINT$, and FAX$ shares.
You can see your shared folders by going to Start >Run > type fsmgmt.msc > Shared Folders
Last updated on 07 February, 2022
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