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If I have a Windows server (typically 2000, 2003 or 2008), is there a simple way to list all local directories shared on that server?

I can find the shares themselves easily enough, but I would love a quick way to find the local directories they represent on disk.


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You can go into computer management (right click my computer, select manage), expand the Shared Folders node and see a list of all shares, connected sessions and open files.

For W2K8, you do this in Server Manager instead: Roles -> File Services -> Share and Storage Management; the Shares tab in the center of the window.

For listing shares of remote servers, note that NET VIEW svr_name will only show user shares, no admin or hidden shares. Adding the /all switch at the end will show these others (for W2K8).

C:\>net view sx1
Shared resources at sx1

Share name    Type  Used as  Comment
The command completed successfully.

C:\>net view sx1 /all
Shared resources at sx1

Share name    Type  Used as  Comment
ADMIN$        Disk           Remote Admin
C$            Disk           Default share
IPC$          IPC            Remote IPC
The command completed successfully.
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Thanks for screenshot. In future you should also outline and describe exactly how to get to what you're posting just in case the picture isn't available in the future. –  SQLChicken Jun 2 '09 at 13:33
You make it sound like he linked to another site or something. He uploaded a picture to this site... so of course it will be available in the future. –  Austin ''Danger'' Powers Jul 14 '13 at 9:47
For the records: the picture was hosted on ImageShack, and as of today it's not available. –  Massimo Jul 24 '14 at 18:20

From a command line prompt, you can use the "net share" command. It will print a table with the list of the share name, the resource and an optional remark.

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This is the best bet (along with using alternate languages in Graeme's answer below), in my opinion. –  Fatherjack Jun 2 '09 at 13:16

net share from a command prompt will give you the share name and path. If you need something more advanced, you could query WMI using VBScript or PowerShell.

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Use WMI: Win32_Share.

In PowerShell:

gwmi -class Win32_Share

This also includes the system provided shares and will work remotely.

THe resulting object's Path property is the local path.

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to get this from a computer other than the one you are on add "-computername name" to the command. This can be real handy if you want to get the shares across a whole host of machines. Don't forget you can dump them into a csv for further processing and lots of other fun PowerShell goodness. –  flickerfly Dec 26 '12 at 16:54

For a quick-and-dirty list, from a command-prompt execute "NET SHARE". The only problem with this command is that it thoughtfully formats data into columns and potentially cuts off long paths.

You may be better served by doing at


with REGEDIT. You can export this as-desired.

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For some clarity (as it's not obvious where to find the list of shares in the GUI)

As people mentioned, open a command prompt and type net share. This is probably the easiest way to see what shares are available. This will also show hidden shares (those with $ as the suffix) and where the share points to.

Here's an example:

C:\Users\tstmoss>net share

Share name   Resource                        Remark
C$           C:\                             Default share
IPC$                                         Remote IPC
ADMIN$       C:\Windows                      Remote Admin
The command completed successfully.

On Windows Server 2008 either right click on Computer in the Start menu and select Manage, or launch the Server Manager (by default, the first icon next to the start menu in the task bar).

In the Server Manager, expand the Roles node, then expand the File Services node. Click on Share and Storage Management. The display will show two tabs, Shares and Volumes. The Shares tab shows you the existing shares (same as the console output above). This interface does allow you to interact with the with the share like changing properties/permissions, stopping the share, or creating new ones.

Hope that helps.

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Right click on your My Computer icon and choose Manage.

In the window that opens, look in the tree on the left for the icon labeled Shared Folders and expand it to find another icon labeled Shares. Click here and you should see a list of all current shares.

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