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Is it possible to restrict users from the copy folder contain in windows ? I have some confidencial pdf files in a shared folder and I don't want my user can make any copy of them . like a DMS (document management system)


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by:totzi
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Your Windows-Server doesn't distinguish reading from copying files.

But you can protect your PDFs with a password or encrypt it with a key:
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/acrobat/security.html

If you don't have Adobe Acrobat (writer) then you can pack the files in a protected ZIP-archive.
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I know I can protect my PDF files but I want my user be unable to copy file to other media like CD and so on ,
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by:AymanDasa
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Just restrict the read option . in that time only the user  cannot COPY the folder and also can not read
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Is it right that you want let the people read the PDF, but not copy?
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yes
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by:igor-1965
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You cannot do this by Windows means. Even DMS can't. If user is supposed to read file he equaly able to make a copy.
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Igor-1956 is correct. Windows itself cannot allow read-access to a file but still prevent copying off to another location. You'd require third-party software to accomplish this.
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do you know any third-party software to do this ?
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