Is it possible to hide a folder / file base on user level?

Posted on 2004-11-16
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
Dear all experts,

  I would like to know in Windows 2003 Server, is it possible to hide a folder / file base on user level?  Can I make some changes on the NTFS level so that only specific group of user can view the file / folder via network.  For the rest of user, it will be hidden when they browse via network.

  Kindly give me some help.

Question by:LegalIT
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    Accepted Solution

    Windows doesn't have any ability to hide files other than using the hidden attribute, which is an all or nothing thing that, if you user tells it to, can be seen anyway.  You can adjust permissions to retrict users from reading/opening files or folders.  To that end, if you put a file in a folder the users are locked out of, you can effectively hide it that way, I suppose.
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    Expert Comment

    You can set permissions to folders/files based on users or groups. This in itself does not "hide" the folder but restricts access to anyone not in the Acess Control List. You can hide the folder by right clicking folder and selecting the "hidden" attribute to hide the folder.
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    Expert Comment

    Make a file called share$

    This sort of hides the file.

    Users will have to type in the path via windows explorer.


    This is a good solution only if there are a small ammount of folders that you want a small ammount of people to have "hidden access" to.

    Remember to set the NTFS permissions correctly aswell just incase someone peeps oveer your shoulder. ;-)
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    Expert Comment

    by:Lee W, MVP
    Adding a $ to the end of a share name hides the share.  It does not hide files or folders when viewed on the local machine

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