Our AS400 (Version 6, Release 1, Mod 0) has some shared folders in the Integrated File System that we map as drives from Windows XP PCs. These folders serve as our "production" folders for our engraving department. We take orders from customers, the AS400 creates a PDF of the order which goes into the IFS which we can access from our PCs. We have a series of sub-folders that we use to move files through the stages of production. We add other Excel and Illustrator files to these folders as orders move through the production process.
My problem: When you delete a file or folder in this environment (accidentally or otherwise) there is no "undo" or "recycle bin" at all (as far as I know). The file or folder (and all sub-folders) is just gone. Nightly backups of the files wouldn't help much because it's the files we are currently working on that have the most value (by the time we backed them up the order would be complete, so the files wouldn't be worth much).
I am hoping that one of these options is possible (but I'm all ears to other ideas, of course):
1. Is there a way to give users permission to Move files but not Delete files? (I am guessing "No" because you either have read/write access or read-only access, I think).
2. Is there a way to send all files deleted from the IFS to a "Recycle Bin" of some kind? If someone accidentally deleted something it wouldn't be a big deal if we could retrieve it from somewhere.
3. Is there a way to password protect the ability to Delete files from the IFS via a Windows XP shared folder? (but not impede the Moving or Changing of files within the shared folder)
We move a lot of files around in a fast paced production environment with daily deadlines...we'd like to restrict the ability to Delete these files altogether, but we don't want to impede the ability to Move files from folder to folder, Change files, or save new files to these folders.
We probably shouldn't be using the AS400 IFS as our production folders at all, but we don't have a Windows Server of any kind, just a NAS that we use to share files (we're small time...half of our PCs are XP Home, not Professional). So I'm hoping there is an AS400-based solution.
Thank you very much for any advice you might have, and I apologize for surely leaving out important details. I'm not an AS400 expert at all, but my co-workers think I am for some reason...which is why I'm here looking for a real expert. :-)