How to hide a application folder in window 2012. Will the application work if it is hidden.

Hi

We use windows 2012 sever as a file server. When users login into windows 7 PCs , there is a shared drive that gets mapped  in the users PC. Within this mapped drive there is a folder called SOSM and there is Data in this folder.

There is a application on the client PCs  and when they load up the application, the application looks into the SOSM folder to retrieve the Data.

Firstly is it possible to hide SOSM folder and if I hide will the application access the data.

The reason I want to hide is when this drive is mapped, the domain users  have access to the SOSM folder and I don't want them to see the data in the SOSM folder \ accidently delete.

Can this be achieved, please suggest.
Thanks
lianne143Asked:
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Sekar ChinnakannuStaff EngineerCommented:
Yes you can and application can access the mapped drive by creating the registry value, to configure same follow this step http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/how-to-create-an-invisible-hidden-drive-in-windows/
Also you hide the same through group policy too User Configurations -> Administrative Template -> Windows Components -> Windows Explorer -> enabled settings as per screenshot
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rhandelsCommented:
Do you actually need to hide only the folder or the entire drive?
If you only need to hide the drive or mapped folder do as Sekar suggest (either just hide the drive using a policy or just share hidden).

If you however need the drive to be there for the user but you only want to hide that specific folder it is gonna be a bit more difficult. You could use ABE which is a feature of server 2012 (Acces Based Enumeration). What it does is only show the folders you  actually have access to. If the users however need access to the folder it will not be hidden. You might be able to remove rights from the top folder SOSM and add permissions to the subfolder Data, it might just work.
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