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Running the latest Citrix Access Essentials on Windows 2008.
Need to publish a shared folder for data access for various users with various rights.
So - C:\DATA to admins
C:\DATA\Users for std. users
Rather than publish Windows Explorer which even gives users rights to the C:\ drive
and opening files I just want to publish a specific folder that they can open and only if they have rights to it.  What would be the best way to publish access to those folders so they can't access the entire C: drive when connnected.
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Technically it's not possible. You can obscure using locked down Explorer settings, but the bottom line is there is no way to truly keep a user from seeing something they have rights to see (such as most users need read access to critical windows system files and folders or they can't login at all). Best bet, make sure they have Read and Execute as needed locking down the critical folders as best as possible - but at the end of the day they will still be able to see the folders in Explorer if you publish it to them.
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Hmm?  Really    So, there is no way to publish a modified "explorer" with only access to specific folders?  No way to publish shortcuts?  Sorry - we are new to Citrix and don't know all the in's and out's yet.  We simply need to give users access to specific folders and not the whole server drive.  <ugh>  Thanks!
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Sadly while you can force explorer to a folder with a command line switch [explorer /root,c:\data] nothing really stops the user from browsing to say c:\windows. You can use some of the GPOs documented in this Terminal Server lock down guide [http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278295] to try and obscure access or remove the user's ability to do certain things. Even trying to sneaky and launching it using internet explorer using the kiosk mode switch will simply launch windows explorer and you are right back where you started.
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Thanks - a certified Citrix partner  helped us with this saying we could restrict folder access.  Apparently not - this is a BIG disappointment.
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