Limiting a users ability to modify directory structure

Thomas Heikkila
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I have several directory structures and I want users to be able to edit files in those directory structures but I do not want them adding files or changing the directory structure. Can this be done with NTFS Permissions?
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Yes, give them read only then on the folder you will have to give them special permissions create files/write data  or read/write to the subfolder.  But the read on the subfolder does mean they can delete, move or rename it.
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Let me be a bit more specific.

The NTFS permissions for all users on D:\Production is List Folder\Read Data so they can read the folder structure but cannot add files or folders under D:\Production.

At the second level there is D:\Production\WWData. Users can do anything under WWData. I want to block them being able to add folders here. What permission do I take away from them? The users need to create files because they are using Access database files in this folder which creates temporary files.
I ma pretty sure NTFS doesn't have a permission to prevent creation of folders but allow creation of files
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This works. Let me know if you need help creating the permissions.

Notes:
- Windows Explorer shows right-click option to make New > Folder, which doesn't work. This is as expected. Still, the user can create, rename, edit, or delete files via either 1) Copy and paste from another folder, or 2) Programatically, e.g. in your case from Access, or command line e.g. .bat, powershell, etc.
- User can rename, edit, or delete files via Windows Explorer as well.

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Thomas HeikkilaHead of Information Technology

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Thanks!

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