How to share CD Drive to all the compuetrs

October 21, 2011 at 22:44:06
Specs: Win Server 2008, Windows 7, 8 GB
I work as a System Administrator for a small company. Can i share a CD drive to all the computers in my domain. Or does this require any additional software to do all this. Because i tried to do it normally by sharing that CD drive and by which it was also available in my network. But when i was trying to access that it says "The drive is not ready". We use Windows operating system in our network. I even tried to google this but i could not find any exact answer for this till now. If any one has any idea about this please help me. Thanks in advance.

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October 22, 2011 at 00:29:25
If you have a workgroup or a domain you should be able to share the drive and then access it from other computers by using the administrative share...


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October 28, 2011 at 03:08:52
I am in a domain, but still it is not allowing to access the drive. I have a doubt on some of the Group Policies, because previously i have tried to restrict access to all the users in the domain to access the removable drives and later unknowingly i directly deleted that. Can any one assist me how to get back and reconfigure all those Group policies so as to enable the access to the removable drives or disks. When i am connecting an external drive it is getting detected and even working.

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October 28, 2011 at 07:07:43
Making it an administrative share would not allow regular users to access the drive, only members of the administrators group (or domain admins etc).

As far as I know, you should just be able to share the CD like you would a drive and then map to it.

Is there a disk in the drive? If not, that could be why you get the "device not ready" message when attempting to connect to it.

As for making changes to group policies. If you dont' remember which changes you made (this is why we document, so we don't have to remember everything we do, you might want to consider doing some documentation of your own) you'll pretty much have to go through the entire policies to find the settings you need and make changes to them.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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