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Print permissions

Hi there!

We have a PC w/ W10 in a LAN network. That PC is used as a file-server for that particular office. There are two types of users. One that have total access and control of shared content. Other is someone that can access the files, but with a read-only permission.
My question is this, can I restrict print of the documents for the second group with a folder permission?

Pochoclo Loco
Pochoclo Loco
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I do not think so. If the user has permission to use the printer (that is, the printer is shared out), then that ability is not related to which folders the user can use.  That is the nature of Workgoups.
FOXActive Directory/Exchange EngineerCommented:
You can put that second group in its own OU and set a group policy where the users can't print.

ref link: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/234270/how-to-use-group-policy-settings-to-control-printers-in-active-directo

scroll down to "How to configure printer-specific settings for users in Active Directory"
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
This is not a Server environment, rather it is a Workgroup.
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Pochoclo LocoAuthor Commented:
Thank you both for the information.

As John puts it, it's a Workgroup, not a Server enviroment.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you really need to do this, you would have to install a small Server that holds the files and has the functions you need.
You'd need additonal software, along the lines of data loss prevention. And I am sure that would go far beyond what you want to do. Otherwise, there's really nothing you can do unless you tried to use security in each and every file, but that would be labor intensive. Note I am naming solutions that would not require an investment in a server environment, which would still require additional things to accomplish what you want.
In a workgroup, this is not possible with windows internals. Restricting to print could work in domains where ADRMS ("Active directory rights management services") are setup, but not in a workgroup.

However, certain applications like for example Adobe Acrobat can be used to secure at least PDF documents that way. Please note that this is on a per-application base.
I have no idea why only one of the author-endorsed comments should be a solution. hdhondt, will you explain that, please?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I suggest split:


The reason is that each comment addresses properly the fact that, as the question was stated, print permissions in the workgroup cannot be done as asked.
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