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Is there a way to set a time limit on shared folders in Windows Server 2003?

Posted on 2010-08-30
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We have a rather large media server on our network. We'd like to encourage users to download the media to their workstation, rather than stream it over the network. We are hoping to do this by limiting the amount of time the user can access the share to something like 5 minutes.

Client workstations use Windows XP.

Is this possible in Windows Server 2003?
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The media server, is it just a file server , with shares, with the media on them, nothing special in terms of streaming services ?

If its all standard, then i dont know of any wa of time limiting a standard share.
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I don't know ant method. Maybe some 3rd party tool.

One option is possible but it requires administrative effort.

You can prepare special bat or cmd file with net share command and set up scheduled task for that.
Run once job sharing data and after 5 minutes run another one job which stops sharing data.

That's the only one thing I can think about.
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It's just a file server with shares, nothing special.
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There are no facilities in windows to do what you want
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Then theres nothing all that reliable that you can do, at least on a per user basis to help.
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No solution possible. Points awarded for being so timely.
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