Discussion in 'Server Networking' started by jeffuk123, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. jeffuk123

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    Hi everyone, is there a way I can create a password protected folder on
    Windows server 2003 for only a specific user or users. Also, suppose I don't
    want administrators to access this folder, is there still a way to do this?

    Many thanks to all,
    jeffuk123, Jan 19, 2006
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  2. Jabez Gan [MVP], Jan 19, 2006
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    jeffuk123, Jan 19, 2006
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    If I decide to just set up a new group and give certain users access, is it
    best to create a security global group rather than a distribution group?

    jeffuk123, Jan 19, 2006
  5. Then, as an Admin, the first thing I would do is backup all the files that
    are not encrypted,...delete the partition,...recreate the
    partition,...format the drive,...restore the non-encrypted files back to the
    drive. Then the guy who put files on my system with the intension of them
    being out of my reach and control would probably be fired.

    Phillip Windell [MCP, MVP, CCNA]
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    Phillip Windell, Jan 19, 2006
  6. Administrators have full access by default.

    You can create either one. Are you an administrator but you do not want
    other administrator to see your folders/files?

    Jabez Gan [MVP]
    Microsoft MVP: Windows Server
    Jabez Gan [MVP], Jan 19, 2006
  7. jeffuk123

    jeffuk123 Guest

    Hi Jabez

    Yes that is correct.

    jeffuk123, Jan 19, 2006
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    As a test, I created a folder on the server named 'Test' and created a
    global security group under the name 'payroll' and added a couple of users to
    this group with default user access i.e. NOT administrators.

    I then added this group 'payroll' to the NTFS folder permissions, to give
    the members of this group of users, access to that folder on the server.

    When I logged into a PC as one of those users they couldn't access the
    folder. It kept throwing up the username and password window to access that
    folder on the server. The only way I could access it was to log in as an

    It's doing my head in
    jeffuk123, Jan 19, 2006
  9. Wouldn't the Encrypted File System (EFS) overcome that? I've never used it
    and have intensionally avoided it, but I've been under the understanding
    that it could lock out even an administrator.
    Phillip Windell, Jan 19, 2006
  10. Sorry, my initial impression was that you were just a user on the LAN trying
    to find a way to keep "personal secret stuff" on the LAN that you didn't
    want the "powers that be" from finding out about it. We do get those kinds
    of questions from time to time.
    Phillip Windell, Jan 19, 2006
  11. jeffuk123

    jeffuk123 Guest

    Interesting, I've never used EFS. How does it work? Or is there a simpler way
    to conquer this.

    Many thanks
    jeffuk123, Jan 19, 2006
  12. I suspect it would be the only way. Prior to EFS being "invented" I don't
    believe there was a way. But I don't have any experience with it, I was
    only speculating, "thinking out loud" if you will.
    Phillip Windell, Jan 19, 2006
  13. Good point regarding EFS. From what I remembered, any admins can have access
    to the encrypted files but on further checking, i am wrong and this could be
    a better workaround.

    However, please backup your certificate just in case you need to recover the
    files (due to system errors/fauls, windows can't boot up etc).

    You can learn more about it from:

    Jabez Gan [MVP]
    Microsoft MVP: Windows Server
    Jabez Gan [MVP], Jan 20, 2006
  14. That's why I have never used EFS,...I'm skeered :)
    Phillip Windell, Jan 20, 2006
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