How to create read-only user account on windows 2012 (work group) server


I need to create a read-only user account on windows 2012 server. It is in workgroup.
When i create a standard user, its allowing to see only folders and files. I need the user to see application setup on IIS webserver but should not be allowed to modify. Please suggest.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Users are users. Set up permissions to folder groups only to the people who should have access.

You can set up organizational groups in Users and Groups and provide access to folders by group.

For one group, you could allow read-only access for the folder just to that group.

Think it through - it will work.

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Is the access restriction deals with a web based accessed application?
Not quite sure what you are looking to achieve given the conflicting request.
You want to allow user access to the setup of an IIS application, but you want to deny them modification rights.

To what end and what do you expect a user to do on the setup of the application side while preventing the modification of the source/processed files making the application?

To access the web server based application, a user does not need access to the server on which it runs.
Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
I don't know workgroup server settings all that well but I suggest you try making the user a member of the "guest"group  (make sure they are not part of other groups that give them other rights too) and see if that suits your needs or not.
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anuboggaramAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

no self solution found.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
No solution found because you CANNOT create a read-only user account.
anuboggaramAuthor Commented:
Yes, as the server not a domain member, its not possible to create groups or organizational units.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can use folder permissions by user to do what you want.

But if truly you cannot do this, then we said that as well.
Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
Yes but you can create a user as a guest and see if that guest rights does what you want and if not you can use local group policy to restrict any user even further and if you don't want them to see certain files/folders that can be done by using file/folder permissions.
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