The Users' Shared Folders is not created

Applies To: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

Problem   The Users’ Shared Folder is not created.

Features affected   The shared folder \\<ServerName>\UserShares\<Username> is not created.

Solution   To resolve this issue, you must manually create the Users’ Shared Folder.

securitySecurity Note
You must be a domain administrator to complete this procedure.

To create the Users’ Shared Folder

  1. Open the Windows SBS Console.

  2. On the navigation bar, click Shared Folders and Web Sites, and then click Shared Folders

  3. In the list view, verify that there is no existing folder that is named UserShares. If there is, either move the contents of the folder, or rename it.

  4. In the task pane, click Add a new shared folder. The Provision a Shared Folder Wizard appears.

  5. On the Shared Folder Location page click Browse, in the Browse For Folder window navigate to C:/Users/, and then do the following:

    1. If the Shares folder exists in the Users folder, click the Shares folder, and then click Next.

    2. If Shares folder does not exist in the Users folder, create the Shares folder as follows:

      1. In the Browse For Folder window, in the Select a folder list, click Users.

      2. Click Make New Folder.

      3. Right-click New Folder, and then change the name to Shares.

      4. Click OK, and then click Next.

  6. On the NTFS Permissions page, do the following:

    1. Select Yes, change the NTFS permissions, and then click Edit Permissions.

    2. In the Permission for Shares window, click Advanced, and then set the following permissions:

      • Click SYSTEM, click Edit, click Full Control, and then click OK.

      • Click Administrators, click Edit, click Full Control, and then click OK.

      • For Users <DomainName>, click Edit, select only Traverse Folder/Execute File, List folder /Read Data, Read Attributes, Read Extended Attributes, and Read Permissions, and then click OK.

    3. Click OK.

    4. Click OK.

    5. Click Next.

  7. On the Share Protocols page, select SMB, and then, in the Share name text box, type UserShares.

  8. On the SMB Permissions page, click Users and groups have custom share permissions, and then click Permissions. Click Everyone, in the Allow column click Full Control, click OK, and then click Next.

  9. On the Quota Policy page, click Next.

  10. On the Full Screen Policy page, click Next.

  11. On the DFS Namespace Publishing page, click Next.

  12. On the DFS Namespace Publishing page, click Next.

  13. On the Review Settings and Create Share page, verify the settings, click Create, and then click Close.

  14. Edit the registry, as follows:


    Incorrectly editing the registry may severely damage your system. Before making changes to the registry, you should back up any valued data on the computer

    1. Click Start, in the Search box type Regedit, in the quick launch panel right-click Regedit, and then click Run as administrator.

    2. In the User Account Control Window, click Continue.

    3. Navigate to HKLM/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/SmallBusinessServer/Storage. Set the value of the registry key SharedRootName to UserShares. Set the value of the registry key SharedRootPath to the full path of the shared folder (for example, C:\Users\Shares).