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I purchased a Drobo B800FS, which is a device with removable drives for storing data.  I didn't realize (guess I should have done more research) that I couldn't assign security permissions for specific groups or users.  :-(

Any suggestions or hopefully possible solutions
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You need to make sure the target file system is NFTS before applying any security permissions from your Windows server.

Windows only recognises NFTS and FAT32, but the latter does not support any security permissons.

For which file systems does your Drobo storage device supports, check http://goo.gl/p28iTq
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Talked to Drobo, the B800fs won't support NTFS.  Any suggestions how I can restrict the shares from everyone seeing them?  Currently all they have to do is browse the Network icon and they can see the drive.
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So what kind of file system is B800fs using at the moment?

Basically, if you can't choose or change the file system, you have to use an OS or utility compatible with it.
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EXT3.  Any help would be appreciated.
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You could always create specific user accounts on the Drobo and set user specific shares to allow the underlying linux system control access.
http://dashboardhelp.drobo.com/guide/210/en/FS_Creating_Users.htm
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I did some  research as well and is seems the Drobo B800FS is made for workgroup enviroments and not a business network. Your only limit options would be to create location accounts on the device and lock down the share..

On another note, have to though about containing your reseller to see if they could exchange this device for a different model?
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by:J.R. Sitman
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Yep, they are trying to get me a replacement.

Thanks for researching.
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@serialband, I appreciate the suggestion, but that is way to much work.
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I appreciate the posts from everyone, but this is the correct answer.  i.e. on my device it can't be done.

Thanks to all.
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