Share and Storage Management console not useful in Windows Server 2012

One new thing I’ve observed myself and making a note of it for my reference. Share and Storage Management console is used to manage file servers easily in windows server 2008 & 2008 R2. But where as in Windows server 2012 & 2012 R2 we can’t use it for the same instead we can use server manager  or computer management console (compmgmt.msc) to manage file servers. Please see below error snap-shot when I was trying to manage my test file server of Windows server 2012 R2. Share and Storage Management Note:Share and Storage Management can only be used to manager windows server 2008 and Windows server 2008 R2. Server Manager can be used to manage Windows Server 2012 or later systems

Few windows 2K8/2K8 R2 features have been deprecated in windows server 2K12/2K12 R2, this is one among that, have a look at removed and deprecated functionality

Configure Folder share and working with NTFS permissions.

I have a scenario where I have to create share with individual folders for three different groups.
· Userabelongs to Group1 supposed to access group1_share.
· Userbbelongs to Group2 supposed to access group2_share.
· Usercbelongs to Group3 supposed to access group3_share.
Test details are.
Domain name:
Share name:Testshare created inside C drive.
Folder details inside share: Group1_share, Group2_share and Group3_share
Server side steps:
1.   Open AD console in domain controller then create usera, userb and userc and make them member of user group group1, group2 and group3 respectively.
2.   Create 3 different folder inside a share in either C drive or D drive (Better user non system drive for file share) and follow default steps of share wizard. By default access based enumeration (ABE) option set automatically while creating a share.
3. Now set NTFS permissions to folder Group1_share, Group2_share and Group3_share to usera, userb and usercrespectively.
4. Right-click Group1_share>Properties>security> select Group1 group and give them modify permissions.
Follow same step while setting up NTFS permissions to other two folders as well.
Workstation side steps:
5. Logon into workstation with usera login and access a share (using direct link instead of browsing all shares) \\win2k2\testshare\group1_share\

6.Others group users cannot access group1_share why because we have not set any NTFS permissions to group2 & 3 users. Similarly group1 users cannot access other two shares.

Useful links for better understanding in setting up folder share.

Extend Partition Size using DISKPART.EXE (OS Built-in tool)

Diskpart.exe is a wonderful command which will come along with any Windows OS and with the help of this command we can extend partition size to desired amount.
Here is an example to extend system partition (C drive) size to 1GB more, than the existing size.

So, please follow below command steps to extend your C drive.
Start>Run>cmd>C:\>diskpart –The below message will come.
DISKPART> list disk—It will display number of disks you have in your system.

Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt  —I have single disk (DISK 0)
——–  ————-  ——-  ——-  —  —
Disk 0    Online          XXX GB   XXX GB
DISKPART> select disk 0 — Select the disk where C partition Resides
Disk 0 is now the selected disk.
DISKPART> list volume —-This command will help you to display number of partitions

Volume ###  Ltr  Label            Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
———-  —  ———–  —–  ———-  ——-  ———  ——–
Volume 1     C   Windows XP   NTFS   Partition     20 GB  Healthy    System
Volume 2     D   Windows 7     NTFS   Partition     25 GB  Healthy    Boot
DISKPART> select volume 1—Select the volume which assigned to C Drive/partition
Volume 1 is the selected volume.
DISKPART> extend size=1000 disk=0—- I want to add 1GB extra space to C drive (In this case 1000 MB, you need to mention size in the form of MB)

DiskPart successfully extended the volume.
DISKPART> list volume

Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
———-  —  ———–  —–  ———-  ——-  ———  ——–
*Volume 1     C   Windows XP   NTFS   Partition    21 GB  Healthy    System—-Successfully Added 1000MB to C and now it is 21GB
  Volume 2     D   Windows 7    NTFS    Partition    25 GB  Healthy    Boot

Note: Run a command with elevated rights for better results.We have many 3rd party tools but MS never recommends to use 3rd party tool.Moreover it can be used at our own risk.