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Hiding a file folder

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Hi experts-

Is it possible to hide (make invisible) the file folder from the end user in windows 2000?

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by:trenes
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Hi gabulish,

You could create a share and adding an $ behind it will make it invisible.

Cheers!
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Trenes
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by:gabulish
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And this is possible for Windows 2000? Would you mind pointing me to some documentation?
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gabulish,

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314984

cheers,

Trenes
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by:SysExpert
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Is this a local user, or a network shared folder.
For locall users you could consider encrypting the folder .
See the encryption option in the help.

I hope this helps !
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by:SysExpert
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See

To encrypt a file or folder in the help
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by:gabulish
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To clarify...

Its for a network shared folder. Access will be driven via AD groups, so if the user isn't in the AD group they won't see the folder.
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mikeleebrla earned 250 total points
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well the answer is 'it depends'.

don't confuse hiding a share and hiding a folder.  Yes you can hide the share by putting a $ behind the share name to make it a hidden share. But any user that manually types in the share name will be able to access it (assuming they have permissions to do so)

you can NOT hide a folder the way you are discribing (netware can by the way and i have no idea why windows doesn't have this feature).  

for example if you have \\server\sharename\folder1\folder2

if a user has access to view the "sharename" share/folder then they will be able to see folder1 underneath that share/folder.  If you dont want the user to be able to view the contents of folder1, just don't give them NTFS permissions to it.

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by:WallD
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Providing the machine does not have "show hidden files" turned on in folder options you could just right click on the folder select properties and mark the folder as hidden.

David
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by:mikeleebrla
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WallD, that really isn't an option b/c a user could always check show hidden files and then be able to view the folder and the files it contains.  The mark folder as hidden should never be used as a security measure.
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I appreciate that it was just another way of hiding it, AD seemed to be providing security.
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