Windows Server 2008 R2 Security and Password Protected Folder

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What is the recommended method for setting up a folder on a server where each individual user has access to only their folder and the contents within that folder? This is a MS Server 2008 OS.


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Are you running Active Directory?  The following assumes you are; if not please let me know and I will post workgroup instructions (workgroup setup is not friendly).

1. Share a folder (referred to as Home for now on) on the server to house these personal folders allowing authenticated users full control in the sharing wizard - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770880.aspx

2. Set NTFS Permissions on the Home folder to allow Administrators Full Control, and domain users (or a security group you create) read only. (Right click the folder, Security tab), click OK.

3. Go back into the security tab, click Advanced, click Change permissions, click on Domain users and click edit.  Change the Apply To: dropdown to read This Folder Only.

4a. In Active Directory Users and Computers select all users you wish to create a home folder for and right click, properties.

4b. Check the box next to Home Folder

4c. Select the bullet next to connect and pick a drive letter to map for everyone (usually H:)

4d. In the To box enter \\servername\sharename\%username% substituting the actual server name for servername and the actual share name (set in step 1) for sharename.  Click OK.

This will create a home folder for every user named the same as their login with only permissions for them and the administrator to access and will map H:\ to it next time they login.

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Commented:
This sounds exactly what I'm looking for :-) I am running active directory so let me give this a try and report back.

Thanks mcsween !!

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Worked like a charm, thank you.

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