Simple File Sharing RRS feed

  • Question

  • How do you turn it off (disable it) on XP and windows 7 machines in a Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 domain using group policies?

    Is it needed at all?  99% of my machines are in a domain.  I leave a couple out for different tasks.  I am pushing out Vipre and Symantec Anti-Virus clients from the console and this is making some machines fail.

    Thank You, Scott
    Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:24 AM


  • Hi Scott,


    We don’t need to turn off domain joined computer’s “Simple File Sharing”.


    Please refer to the following links:





    Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.


    After reading the above articles, you will know the following information:


    “Windows XP Professional-based computers that are joined to a domain use only the classic file sharing and security interface.”


    “If the Windows XP Professional computer is part of a Windows domain rather than a Windows workgroup, this process for enabling or disabling Simple File Sharing has no effect. Simple File Sharing always remains disabled for computers joined to domains.”



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    Thursday, September 16, 2010 6:20 AM