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In SBS 2011 need to be able to stop 2 remote users being able to access shared folders in Remote Web Access: Remote Workspace

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In SBS 2011 I need to be able to stop 2 remote users being able to access shared folders  in Remote Web Access: Remote Workspace. Is there a way of doing this? I don't want to stop them being able to access email just the shared folders.

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by:David Atkin
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Hello,

Do you have other users who use the shared folders?
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by:floyd197
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Yes. All users in the office will access the shared folders. It it just the non office based users
that I would like to restrict access.

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by:Cris Hanna
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Are these users ALWAYS remote?  Or do they come to the office at times and should be able to access the files when in the office?
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by:floyd197
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Yes They are always remote. They are emailed any required files and do not come into
the office to access files. Thanks
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by:Cris Hanna
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Then turn off access to RWA and have them get email either via OWA or Outlook Anywhere.
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by:David Atkin
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Chris's suggestion is probably the best fitting.  The only way to remove the File Sharing option in RWA is to edit the web.config file I believe to deny the selected users.
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by:Cris Hanna
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AFAIK  editing the web.config only limits the files shown
Now you could simply remove their NTFS permissions to the folders...so even if they clicked on them in RWA...they simply should get access denied

but I still like taking away RWA rights and just have them go to the same URL but instead of /remote  go to /owa
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by:David Atkin
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Also editing share permissions to deny the user will give them access denied.

/owa as Chris has said is the best option.
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by:Gary Coltharp
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If you don't want the folders appearing in remote web workplace, do the following:

Open the SBS console
Click on Shared Folders and Websites
Click on Remote Web Workplace in the results pane
Select View Site Properties from the tasks menu
Click the Home Page Links, uncheck File Sharing and confirm your way back out.

You will find that the folders are gone when you visit Remote Web Workplace.

HTH

Gary
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by:floyd197
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is there a way of turning off rwa for certain users, the two remote as mentioned above, but
allowing other users who may require access. If so how do you do this, or is it a case of
all can access or none. I have given the remote users the address of
https://remote.domain/owa just don't want them to, if they forget the /owa and end
up on the main remote web access screen.

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Cris Hanna earned 500 total points
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Open the User Account Properties in the SBS Console
Click on Websites in the Left pane
On the right side uncheck Remote Web Access
Click on OK

Even better than owa is to set them up for Outlook over HTTP (Outlook Anywhere) so they don't have to use the web at all
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by:Olaf De Ceuster
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Or remove those users from the remote web workplace users group.
Hope that helps,
Olaf
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by:Cris Hanna
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Which is exactly what unchecking access to remote web workplace website does in the SBS console in my last response.  First rule of SBS is always use the wizards/console
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by:floyd197
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Just what I required, thanks.
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by:floyd197
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Exactly what I required. Thanks
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