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Changing the default ADMIN$ directory


I was just wondering if it's possible to change the default install directory? by default, it is set to ADMIN$, is there a way to change that to something else ?




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  • Not currently, no. It's on our roadmap to make this configurable, though.

    Do you have a policy to disable ADMIN$ shares?

  • I was wondering this same thing because it seems that for PDQ Deploy to work, I would have to go in and add 'LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy' to the registry to allow for the Admin$ to be accessible. We have File Sharing & Printing enabled on all machines.

  • Unfortunately a different share wouldn't remove the need for LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy as it's also needed to access the Service Manager.

  • Ok. That makes sense. Can you give me any hints on how to add that registry file to all of our machines so I can use PDQ Deploy properly? (other than installing it manually on each machine of course)

  • The simplest way to do it is with a GPO.

    Computer Policy\Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options

    Other than that I don't think that you can set en masse because to set it remotely requires that it first be set.

  • Adam,

    Any idea when on the roadmap when it become configurable?  Anti-virus is stopping me from creating something in that directory.

    I would make the exception to the anti-virus but due to how are organization is structured, that isn't an option.

  • We're planning on doing this for the next version version (version 2.2).  We want to consolidate the PDQ Deploy and PDQ Inventory directories in one place to make them easier to configure together.  What directory/share would you plan on changing it to?

  • Probably the C:\Temp going through a root C$ share.