How to restrict access to folders below a folder shared with "Everyone"?

Posted on 2016-08-26
Last Modified: 2016-08-26

We have a folder called "Shared" on our SBS server which is shared at the top level with "Everyone".

We've been asked to create some remote users on the system and to only grant them access to a couple of folders within the Shared folder.  I may be missing the obvious and over complicating things but I can't think of an easy way to just grant access to certain folders below that shared folder without removing the "everyone" permission from the top level which I'm reluctant to do as it will open a can of worms.

Any advice gladly received!


Question by:Adam Lydiate
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Expert Comment

ID: 41771805
Right-click the shared file/ folder>Security>click the advanced tab>click change permissions>uncheck
Include inheritable permissions from this object's parent>click ADD
You can now highlight and remove EVERYONE from this folder and add who you need to access it.

Author Comment

by:Adam Lydiate
ID: 41771900
Hi Foxluv,

Thanks for that, problem is that they have 55 users and I'll have to add them all in manually if I don't use the everyone group.  The top level folder has say 50 subfolders and I want everyone except 1 person to have access to all 50 folders, the 1 person will only have access to 1 folder of the 50 but everyone else will also need access to that 1 folder.  If I remove Everyone from the top level surely I'll have to manually put each user except that one I want to restrict back in won't I?

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Expert Comment

ID: 41771908
Even easier.  Add the user with the same method as above(leave Include inheritable permissions from this object's parent checked) and click deny.  He will be denied access to the folder.
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Author Comment

by:Adam Lydiate
ID: 41771916

Surely that will deny access to the 1 folder I want that user to have access to.  I effectively want to deny access for 1 user to all except 1 folder under the Shared folder. If I remove inherited permissions on that 1 folder and add the user I want to give access to then everyone else will not be able to see the folder but they need to see it too.  You can see why I was confused enough to ask the question! :-)
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Assisted Solution

FOX earned 250 total points
ID: 41771962
Go to the last comment in this link. Remove his rights to the folder and sub folders, then if anything add him manually to the one folder you want him to have access to.
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Accepted Solution

David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 250 total points
ID: 41771989
create a 2 new security groups: name one 'restricted users', name the other 'unrestricted users'
add the new user into restricted users group and the remainder into the unrestricted users group
share permissions can still be everyone with read/write
d:\topfolder shared as 'shared' ntfs permissions 'unrestricted users' (read/write/modify/delete/full control )  remove everyone group .. reapply permissions allowing it to propogate down.
create a new share d:\topfolder\restricted as 'restricted' give permissions to 'unrestricted users' and 'restricted users'

Author Closing Comment

by:Adam Lydiate
ID: 41772016
Thanks Foxluv and David, have split the points between you as I'm sure Foxluv's suggestion will work but I'm too chicken to run a script on this server and David's suggestion sounds like a good way around.  Thanks both

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