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Old 06-28-2008, 02:14 PM   #1
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I've run MS baseline security analyser and its found that

WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers

is shared. It's never been shared before. I've tried to unshare it and it wont let me, even in safe mode.

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Go to your Control Panel > Printers and Faxes > right click your printer, if you have one installed, and select Properties. In the window that loads click the Sharing tab and make sure you have it set to Do not share this printer

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Thanks elf, but none of the printers are shared. I've just double checked and yeah they all say 'do not share'. It's because I don't know why this folder is shared and why it wont relinquish its shared value that concerns me.
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That folder is typically shared to allow other PC's to download your printer's drivers. Typically it requires a printer to be shared I believe, but honestly I don't use printers often so I am not 100%

Open the run dialogue box and type
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Cscript%WINDIR%\system32\Printing_Admin_Scripts\en-US\prncnfg.vbs -t -p "<printername>" -shared"
where <printername> is the name of the printers. This will ensure that the printers are not shared.
edit: that command if for Server 2008 so it is likely that won't work.

You can also open the Printers and Faxes window, click File then Server Properties. In that window you can relocate the folder, and there may be an option to remove it totally, unfortunately my network administrator has me locked out so I can't tell you for sure.
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That doesn't work. I've uninstalled the printers all together now, still got that shared folder.. shared name "print$", I know that you can't get rid of "IPC$" in the shares but I've never come across this before.
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http://www.windowsnetworking.com/kba...iveShares.html

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