The Importance of Simple File Sharing – Part One

Screenshot of Folder Options dialog box, showing how Simple File Sharing in Windows XP Professional is enabled or disabled

Screenshot of Folder Options dialog box, showing how Simple File Sharing in Windows XP Professional is enabled or disabled

I have read a few so-called definitive guides on Windows XP file and printer sharing; honestly none of them were even in the same zip code as definitive.

I have always been concerned about the importance and the role of Simple File Sharing in Windows XP networks, configured via Control Panel → Folder Options → View tab → Advanced Settings list → Use simple file sharing (Recommended) checkbox at the bottom of the list. But after all these years, Microsoft Support article 304040 just made me realize that the importance of this piece of configuration is vastly underestimated. I recommend all Windows XP administrators and their assistants  to review the article as soon as possible.

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Posted on 27 June 2007, in Windows Administration and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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