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Password protected folder(s) in Windows 2003 server?

Dear experts,

Just a quick question regarding software in the market that do the above.

I can't see such function/option built-in with Windows 2003 server so if I want to password protect FOLDER(s) I guess I would need to purchase 3rd party software.

Basically I want to be able to password protect at folder level instead of file level. I did a bit of research and found quite a few which claim they are great but most of them are for Vista, XP or even earlier version of Windows - but I couldn't find any that has been test on Windows 2003/08 server.

Not necessary a freebie, does anyone know of something that works with Server? I know about NTFS permissions so no need to tell me how it works or how good/bad it is.

Thanks in advance.






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nappy_dCommented:
Directory protect is done through your NTFS permissions.

NTFS permissions when aplied properly will protect files that are confidential.
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ormerodrutterAuthor Commented:
Thanks for input but I don't think you have read my question - I don't want to use NTFS permissions.
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bootrebootCommented:
NTFS is probahbly the easiest and cheapest way to go.  Simply right click on the folder, go to the security tab and work the permissions from there.  If you do not have the security tab, open up windows explorer selcet Tools > Folder Options > View Tab > Scroll to the bottom > Uncheck Use Simple File Sharing.

If you don't want to use NTFS, you can use an encryption program like TrueCrypt (it's free).  From there you can create encrypted drives.
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nappy_dCommented:
Can you explain why you don't want to use NTFS?  If the the preferred method for Windows security.
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ormerodrutterAuthor Commented:
As a MCSE myself I know all about NTFS security. I have a client who knows "jack" about NTFS/permissions. He wants to be able to protect folders just like the way they protect their Word, Excel documents. He does NOT want to learn how to set permissions nor to pay someone to do it for him when needed.
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speshalystCommented:
try TrueCrypt.. it is free and effective..
 
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speshalystCommented:
http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/?s=supported-operating-systems

Supported Operating Systems
TrueCrypt currently supports the following operating systems:
Windows Vista
Windows Vista x64 (64-bit) Edition
Windows XP
Windows XP x64 (64-bit) Edition
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 x64 (64-bit)
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 x64 (64-bit)
Windows 2000 SP4

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

Linux (kernel 2.4, 2.6 or compatible)
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ormerodrutterAuthor Commented:
speshalyst,

Sounds a good tool but still not what I am after. But I will give it a try.

What exactly I am after is a Password Protected Folder, just like the way you would password protect a Word or Excel file - that when user tries to open a screen pops up requiring a valid password.

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speshalystCommented:
I guess this might help you with what you are looking for..
http://www.folder-password-expert.com/screenshots.html
you need to simply right-click and select Lock.. which will prompt u for a pwd..  re-enter the pwd to open it again..
hope this helps  
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bootrebootCommented:
If you can get your client to think of a folder as an archive, why not use winzip?
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ormerodrutterAuthor Commented:
That does the trick and is very affordable. Thank You.
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