Do not want users to create folders, but want them to be able to edit files

Posted on 2006-04-04
Last Modified: 2013-12-04

It looks like there is no way to do what I want with W2K3 permissions.  I have a 2K3 server with a folder called Reference.  It is shared out to everyone, full control.  What we want is to set the permissions so that users cannot create folders within the reference folder. We do want them to be able to create, edit and delete files within the folders.  

 When I used the special permissions and removed Create Folders / Append Data permission general users could not create folders, but they also could not make changes to existing documents.  Is there any way to do what we want?

Question by:Bonnie_K
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    Is the "Create Files/Write Data" permission checked, this should allow them to do the file manipulation you required.
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    First I thought this would not be possible with NTFS, but luckily I've tested it:

    Go to the NTFS permissions of your reference folder. Add the group that contains your users and give them lets say modify access.
    Now go to "Special permisssions/Advanced". Select the users group you just added and click edit.
    Select the "Apply onto" drop down box and select "Files only"
    Grant the group the required permissions including the delete subfolders and files permission and click OK.

    It worked fine on my test machine here. You probably have to remove the CREATOR/OWNER permissions completely from your folder.

    Hope it helps,


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