What the default administrative shares are

When you create a CIFS server on your storage virtual machine (SVM), three default administrative shares are automatically created. You should understand what those default shares are and how they are used.

ONTAP creates the following default administrative shares when you create the CIFS server:

Because shares that end with the $ character are hidden shares, the default administrative shares are not visible from My Computer, but you can view them by using Shared Folders.

How the ipc$ and admin$ default shares are used

The ipc$ and admin$ shares are used by ONTAP and cannot be used by Windows administrators to access data residing on the SVM.

How the c$ default share is used

The c$ share is an administrative share that the cluster or SVM administrator can use to access and manage the SVM root volume.

The following are characteristics of the c$ share: