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When some thing shared on network using windows network share option. Some people use path like \\something\something\something$ I'm don't know if this is correct way or not. but as far as I remember there is a dollar sign. Can any one please tell me.

  1. What is this notation?
  2. Where can I find more details about this?
  3. What is samba server/sharing? I don't understand when people use it. Is it something related to Linux?


I'm a programmer. I guess this file sharing on network using windows uses client server architecture. I want to know what is this server on windows called? What protocol does it use? client is of course our windows explorer.exe? Which service in services.msc is responsible for this?

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As far as I know,

$ sign is for to create a hidden share by adding a dollar sign ('$') to the end of the share name. A hidden share doesn't appear in My Network Places or Network Neighborhood on any of the networked computers. In order to access a hidden share you need to already know the name of it.

you can even see here for detail facts


Samba is software that can be run on a platform other than Microsoft Windows, for example, UNIX, Linux, IBM System 390, OpenVMS, and other operating systems. Samba uses the TCP/IP protocol that is installed on the host server. When correctly configured, it allows that host to interact with a Microsoft Windows client or server as if it is a Windows file and print server.

Of course, it's related to Linux :)

Wiki Link

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your $ explanation is correct, but it doesn't match the example in the question. remember that path breaks down into \\server\sharename\path\to\some\folder\or\file. an "invisible" share would look like \\server\youcantseethis$\path\to\some\folder. the $ is part of the share name, not part of the path. (the OP may have misremembered the format, so i blame the example, not your explanation.) – quack quixote Feb 28 '10 at 16:22
@quack You are right. I didn't know about it. So, I wrote what ever I remembered hoping for correction. – claws Mar 15 '10 at 4:02

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