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CIFS share options: NOBROWSE vs ABE (access-based enumeration)

Hello all,


I would like to understand the difference when setting each one of those cifs share options: -nobrowse and -access-based-enumeration. Documentation lacks explanation on nobrowse and a KB let me a bit confused.


Please provide scenarios where one option is more suitable than the other.


Can someone help me?



Pedro Rocha

Kind Regards,
Pedro Rocha

Re: CIFS share options: NOBROWSE vs ABE (access-based enumeration)



Are you referring to 7-mode system?



Disables enumeration of this share by browsing tools such as Server Manager or Active Directory Users and Computers



Enables the ability to hide the folders and files underneath this share when the user has no permissions to read them.


nobrowse means the share itself not discoverable by windows API's.

accessbasedenum means users can't see folders they don't have access to.

Gidi Marcus (Linkedin) - Storage and Microsoft technologies consultant - Hydro IT LTD - UK

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