My Aldi guys in this week’s 6419 Server 2008 class this week hit me up with some good questions on controlling the annoying new "Sharing Wizard" in Windows Server 2008. "Can we control that wizard? can we turn it off locally or via group policy?" Thanks Jeff and Pete for the great questions! (one of which you answered yourself)
 
     First off on the local machine we can disable it (still requiring the additional click for "Advanced Sharing", but gettting you to the window faster) by going through Windows Explorer – Tools pulldown – Folder Options – View tab – Bottom of the list, "Use Sharing Wizard (Recommended)" option , UNCHECK it. Done for the local machine.
 
     Now on the GP based solution it doesn’t appear to be as clear. There is a setting under User Configuration – Policies – administrative templates – Windows Components – Network Sharing – "Prevent users from sharing files within their profiles".  Enable this and according to this TechNet document ..
 
    

Group Policy setting Purpose

Prevent users from sharing files within their profile

Determines whether users are allowed to share files within their profile to other users on their network. Sharing of any kind is enabled only when an administrator has turned on file sharing on that computer.

If you enable this policy, users will not be able to share files within their profile using the sharing wizard. Also, the sharing wizard will not create a share at %SystemRoot%users and can only be used to create SMB shares on folders.

If you disable or do not configure this policy, then users will be able to share files out of their user profile after an administrator has turned on file sharing on that computer.

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