How do we encrypt one folder on Windows 2003 for specific user access?
Posted on 2006-06-21
We have a Windows 2003 (small business) server, and would like to control access to a few HR related files, in one folder. Since the files are accessed directly by MS Office, the actual folder location does not matter. There are two files in question, and if it is simpler we can encrypt each file separately with its own password
Every user account has a password that is known to most of the other users, so normal Windows security or EFS won't work for this situation. Due to other software running on the network, the user passwords are actually account ID's for another program, and the management does not want to change this situation.
Is there a third party program that can hide or encrypt a folder on a server share, that will allow simple access to one or two users when they enter a password? TrueCrypt looks promising, but it appears that if one user has it mounted (now unencrypted) that any other user can see the contents.
We have also considered running TrueCrypt or similar software on one computer, then sharing it and granting access to the other two users. The users are not very computer literate, and will panic if forced to jump through a number of screens, etc. TrueCrypt looks good, because it can be invoked using command line statements that can be hidden behind a shortcut.