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I want to move files from folder to folder, but restrict the ability to delete them.

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I'm working with Windows Server 2008 R2.  I want to be able to prevent users from deleting/moving out files from a folder with sub-folders, but I also want them to be able to move the files around within the sub-folders.  I have tried many combinations of permissions unsuccessfully.  More explanation:  parent folder A has sub folders B and C.  I want users to be able to move files around within folders B and C, but not delete them or move them out of the realm of parent folder A.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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I notice you included topic "C" on this question.  Are you asking about the general capability of Windows, either from command line or using the File Explorer?  Or are you developing an application that you want to have these features?


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I don't believe this is possible.  A move is basically a copy and delete and it won't work.

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Thanks guys.  That's pretty much what I thought, but I just wanted to get another opinion.
NVITEnd-user support
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> parent folder A has sub folders B and C.  I want users to be able to move files around within folders B and C, but not delete them or move them out of the realm of parent folder A.

I beg to differ. This is possible.

Please clarify...
- I presume you, the admin, will control creation of folders A, B, and C.
- Allow file & folder creation in A?
- Allow file & folder creation in B and C?
- Allow movement from B to C?
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I want users to be able to move files around within folders B and C, but not delete them or move them out of the realm of parent folder A.

NVIT, I am really curious at how you would do this? A Move from B to C would have to delete the copy in Folder B. And same for the reverse. If a user cannot delete from B or C, how would the move possibly work, unless you allow Admin rights to the move program? You could copy from B to C or C to B, but not move without admin.

Since the beginning place for the file is either  B or C, a delete inside B or C is going to be necessary to move it to the other B or C folder.

Now I am curious at how you would do this.
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I meant deleting the folders themselves.

Need clarification from OP...

I want users to be able to move files around within folders B and C, but not delete them or move them out of the realm of parent folder A

Seems to want 2 conflicting things:
- Be able to move files around within folders B and C
- But not delete them or move them out of the realm of parent folder A

For "...not delete them or move them out of the realm of parent folder A" do you mean not moving the folders or the files?

Are you saying something like: As long as it's moved anywhere under parent A, that's fine? If so, AFAIK no can do natively.
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Ah, I see the confusion.

I read this as move between B and C without being able to delete anything in B or C without an Admin doing it.
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