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Is their a way to stop users from accessing volume shadow copies. The users are using windows xp sp2 or using citrix.
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you could always disable VSS if you dont want them accessing it?
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by:Kevin Hays
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My thoughts exactly Jay :D
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Thanks James

I know that but I want to know even after enabling the VSS can I restrict the access to just administrators.SO that the users won't be able to restore the files back to the original location.
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LJ,

As far as i have seen with VSS its fairly simplistic.....though saying that i have never delved too deeply into it. VSS copies the exact files - permissions and all their attributes. There is also nothing via GPO that can control this to my knowledge
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by:Kevin Hays
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I would think that if you were to implement VSS, the whole point is to allow the users themselves to restore their own file.  This just takes the administrative task off of you and lets the users be in control.  I would see no problem in this as long as your folder hiearchy is setup correctly.

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The problem is that I can't trust users, if by mistakethey restore the  whole folder back to a day or two then all the changes made during that 2 days would be lost.I think I got to disable the VSS altogether.
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by:Kevin Hays
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True, my users are aware they have full control of their "folder" by department.  If they delete it or whatever it's at their discretion.  I do however create full backups 1x per week and diff backups everyday though, but that's for my sake :)

I would say you would need to disable vss as jay suggested, not really anything I can think of right now besides that.

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by:Jay_Jay70
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I agree, if you cannot trust them then they dont deserve the priv of VSS
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by:Kevin Hays
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If the points are not awarded then I feel it should be no points refunded as well.  I cannot justify that life_j answered his own question with "I think I got to disable the VSS altogether."

Jays first post was the answer, I just backed it up was all.  The rest of the suggestions were "why" you want users to have access to VSS.

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Thank you Kodiakbear

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