Removing default shares - WHS for SOHO business use - Do not try this at home RRS feed

  • Question

  • We have been successful in placing WHS in small office who do not fit  Small Business server or Foundation server user profiles. One of the issues that we have faced is that business owners do not like folders named "Recorded TV" or "Music", etc. so we have spent a lot of time playing with ways to make the folder structure more in tune with our clients. We have come up with a way to delete folders that we know we will never want to use again. For the purists out there, we know this is not a sanctioned activity and that we are mucking around in an area that could break all the scripts that keep the thing together, but we are MS partners trying to extend the range of the product. (Hey, they even told us to go sell it in the SOHO market).  

    We have found that if we RDC into the console and manage the shares, (stop sharing), using the "Shared Folders on Server" shortcut  we get them to stop publishing to file explorer, just like a standard Windows server. However the shares are still listed in the WHS console.

    Is there anyone on the boards familiar with the internal share scripting of WHS that could tell us why we cannot get the shares de-listed in the WHS console if the share is stopped? Is there a service that populates the share tab in the console or is it just scripting? It seems that OEM's are flavoring this list with their own shares, so it seems like it should be manageable.
    Tuesday, September 15, 2009 5:19 AM

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  • On the server registry you can try to remove the related keys in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Home Server\Storage Manager\Shares. (Export them before deletion, just in case ...).
    After that reboot the server.
    But be aware, that unexpected side effects can be the result (such as not being able to update the Connector software, if rearranging the software share or WHS updates failing which assume the existance of a certain folder).
    Best greetings from Germany
    Tuesday, September 15, 2009 9:08 AM
  • Thanks Olaf,

    We did keep a backup of the original registry and can always rework individual keysif we need to. Hopefully it will not break too often. Eventually, it would be nice to see Microsoft get on a more pluggable model for things like WHS and SBS where you have some flexibility in configuration. But.... at this price point, I may be expecting too much.


    Jim Begley
    Glide Computing
    Tampa, FL
    Tuesday, September 15, 2009 1:06 PM
  • Hi Jim,
    yu can always register at Microsoft Connect, as outlined in the thread on top of this forum and issue a feature proposal (or vote for existing similar).
    That way you can tell the WHS team, what you as a customer would like to see and may eventually take influence on future versions.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Tuesday, September 15, 2009 7:18 PM