Server 2003 - Disable Cascading Folder Deletes

I have users who are accidentally deleting projects (folders and all their sub-folders).  I would like to remove the Cascading Delete permissions for all but Administrators.  I need a step by step on this please.

Thank you in advance,

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
cascading delete is a sql function not a file system function. all you can do is remove the delete from the lowest directory and not inherit permissions from upper directories
AielloJAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

No relevant responses since question posted over a week ago.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
the answer is that there is no answer
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AielloJAuthor Commented:
There is an answer.  One of our prior domain admins showed me the permissions property sheet at one time.  It might be available on Server 2008 and not on Server 2003, but it does exist.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
here is a work-around
Create an undeletable .txt file and put it in the folder A.
To do this:
txt file name must start with "!" example: "!DoNotDelete.txt" (windows starts deleting file or folder by ASCII character order; "!" is the first char, after "space"
Change file attrib by opening cmd (+r +a +h +s)
By this way you'll make the file read only, archive, hidden, system file)
but this will only prevent subfolders from being deleted when they try to delete parent folder which they don't have the permission to delete?

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AielloJAuthor Commented:

I personally saw the property sheet when our prior domain admin navigated to it, but do not remember how to navigate to it.  I'm certain ve3ofa is very knowledgable, but I know what I saw.  Navigating to it was not a straight forward process.  The issue may be whether it exists only in Server 2008.  We have a mix of Server 2003 and 2008.

David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
In SQL Server you can disable cascading delete for specific users/groups, but not in the native file system
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