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hiding folders that you don't have permission to access in windows 2003 server

Posted on 2004-08-02
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I am currently a poor college student, otherwise I would definitely register for this site.  Since I barely have enough money to aviod a cup a noodle diet, I am just going to re-ask this question.  Hopefully somebody knows the answer:

Solution Title: File Sharing -- How do I restrict a user from viewing sub-folders of a shared folder????
Date Asked: 04/13/2004 12:38PM MDT
Date Answered: 04/13/2004 04:17PM MDT

My question is basically the same.  I have a shared folder that has a lot of different users and folders.  If there are 500 folders, any given user may have permission to read from 5 of the folders.  Is there anyway that I can hide the rest of the folders so he will only see the ones he has read permission from?  Is it a simple setting for the root folder or is it something that will involve changing for every user or folder?

Thanks for all your help,
Jason
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Unfortunately the answer you are looking for is not the one you are going to get.  The PAC that you are inquiring about basically says to create a share for each folder, but to add a $ at the end of the share name.  This makes the share "hidden".  The problem is that you might have to create 500 shares, and you would have to set access for each.  Then you would have to inform each user of the shares that he/she will have access since the browser will not display hidden shares.  Very ugly, eh!

If you have 500 folders in a share and you have access as you described, about the best you will achieve is to set the file permissions as needed.  The users will get an "access denied" to folders that they are not allowed into.  Yes this is also very ugly.

If you have the ability to group the 500 folders into a few directory trees, then maybe the "hidden share" scenario woun't be too bad.  
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I guess that will have to do.  Thanks for your help.
Jason
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