Share A to Z Folder

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If you are using Open Dental on multiple computers, you will need to share the A to Z Folder. The following instructions are for Windows 10 operating system. If your operating system is different, the steps may differ.

Note: These are steps for a SMB share. You can run it on a Linux box but it will add a level of complexity to network setup that may complicate future troubleshooting.

  1. On the server, right-click on the OpenDentImages folder, then select Properties, Sharing tab.
  2. Click Share.
  3. Click the dropdown, select Everyone, then click Add.
  4. Click the Read dropdown and select Read/Write.
  5. Click Share.
  6. Click Done.

The Network path on the OpenDentImages Properties window will read \\SERVER\OpenDentImages.

It is a good idea to give permissions to Everyone in the Security tab as well.

  1. Click the Security tab.
  2. Click Edit.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Enter Everyone and click OK.
  5. Check the Full control box.
  6. Click OK.


Problem: I upgraded to Windows 10 and can no longer access the shared OpenDentImages folder.


  1. Confirm there is a password for the Windows server user name.
  2. Reboot the server.
  3. On each workstation, go to the File Explorer, then enter the server name as the path.

    It should prompt you for a Windows server user name and password.

  4. Enter the Windows server user name and password, check Remember my credentials, then click OK.