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We have an Access database working across an RDP using Windows 2008 Server R2.  It has been assigned it's own drive letter "N:", with nothing else on that drive. The front-end runs on the C: drive and the back end sits on the  N: drive.

I would like to know if it is possible to lock down that drive so nobody (except Administrators) can access it (using Explorer etc), but without it having a knock on effect to the Access database & it's functionality.
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Question by:Andy Brown
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by:gpizzuto
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You can protect your N: root directory by deleting all users but the administrator (clearly on an NTFS partition).
Be aware that your applications needs to be run by "administrator" user (wih the same password if your client is not part of your active directory structure)

I suggest to use a SQL-server database (or other RDBMS) and if you need to use Access, link the SQLServer's tables inside it (for example by ODBC).
Hope this helps
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by:Kelvin Sparks
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Or you create a new AD group and add the users you want to that group and allow access to the drive to that group only.

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by:Andy Brown
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Thanks guys - really appreciated.

Unfortunately SQL isn't an option for this installation.  I'll have a look into the complexity of loading/running the front-end with Admin permissions.

As for security, would this also apply to specific files.  We have one file "N:\TSDB\Data\Data.mdb", that I don't want anyone to be able to copy, open or link to.  However, the front-end still needs full access (we are not using an MDW file).
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by:Andy Brown
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That'll do it - thank you so much.

Thanks everyone for your help on this.
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