EFS on Windows Vista and 2003 Server

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Alistair Young, Dec 7, 2006.

  1. I've recently installed Windows Vista Ultimate on my network, in which
    domain and file and print services are provided by a Windows 2003 R2 server.
    I'm looking to encrypt a number of files on the network using EFS, but I'm
    getting errors on attempting to do so. While I can encrypt files on the
    local disk without problems either through Windows Explorer or the cipher
    command, it works without problems.

    However, if I try this on a network share, either through Explorer or
    cipher, I receive the following error:

    Y:\>cipher /e TestPasswordFile.txt

    Encrypting files in Y:\

    TestPasswordFile.txt [ERR]
    TestPasswordFile.txt: The environment is incorrect.

    0 file(s) [or directorie(s)] within 1 directorie(s) were encrypted.

    Any ideas, anyone? I've done a search for the error, but I haven't found
    anything relevant.

    Thanks in advance,

    Alistair Young, Dec 7, 2006
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  2. Alistair Young

    niknik Guest

    What is the filesystem of the Y file share?
    For this to work, the filesystem must be NTFS and the server must be a
    windows 2000 or later server/workstation.

    EFS needs alternate data streams.

    niknik, Dec 15, 2006
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