Permissions to view and tranverse directory on Windows Server 2012 R2

Posted on 2016-07-14
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Last Modified: 2016-09-05
What permissions do I need to put on a folder for a user who needs to be able to view a directory and transverse it, but not be able to see any contents in it (except the folders I want them to see) and I don't want these permissions to be put on all the folders underneath, but I do want the folders underneath to keep inheriting their permissions.
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You have to use the Advanced permission settings to add read and traverse permissions. The instructions for doing so depend on whether the server is 2008 or 2012, but the key part is that you want to make sure the permission is set to apply only to that folder. Once you're in the Advanced permissions window, it's pretty easy to figure out.

The tricky part, though, is your other requirement. If that one user belongs to any group that also has permission to read/traverse the folder, the less restrictive permission will win out unless you set deny permissions on everything *but* read and traverse (Deny permission overrides everything else). Use of deny permissions is not generally recommended, but is probably the easiest way to go in this case. You would set the permission for this user up so that they have Read and Traverse permissions allowed, but everything else denied. You would then need to set deny permission on any objects in the folder and each folder you don't want the user to access.

Once you have that in place, you would then make sure Access Based Enumeration is enabled on the share and anything they don't have permission to access will not be visible when they browse it.
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I am wondering if enabling share access on the parent folder then enabling Access Based enumeration would mean "Part" of your needs that you listed


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Thanks !
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