administrative share

Definition of administrative share in The Network Encyclopedia.

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What is Administrative Share

A share created during setup by Microsoft Windows NT or Windows 2000 for system purposes and remote administration. These shares usually end in the «$» character, which makes them hidden shares. You cannot modify the permissions on these shares and you cannot remove the shares.

Here are some examples of administrative shares:

  • C$, D$, and so on:
    The shares used by administrators to connect to the root of each volume on a network server and perform remote administration such as creating and deleting files and folders


  • ADMIN$:
    The share name for the %SystemRoot% folder, used by the system during remote administration


  • IPC$:
    A share used by interprocess communication (IPC) resources for sharing the named pipe interface, which allows applications running on different computers to communicate over the network


  • PRINT$:
    A share used to support shared printers


  • REPL$:
    A share used by the Directory Replicator Service that allows directory trees to be exported


    A share used by the NetLogon service that enables the processing of domain requests