Windows XP folder permissions management
I have 50 Windows XP users on my network. We have folders that everyone can
access via a shared drive and I need to know how to manage permissions on these folders. We have
the problem where users are accidentally moving
around by simply dragging them. I want the users to have as much access to these
folders and the files beneath them as they need but I do not want them to move the folders. Is
there a way to prevent this from happening, either by a security setting or a special prompt?
Moving a folder requires two sets of permissions: delete permissions in the place where the
folder is originating, and create permissions on the place they're moving to. I suggest removing
the delete permissions from your shared folder location, which will prevent a move. It won't
prevent a copy, but your users would have to name the copy differently, and it's likely this would
alert them to the fact they shouldn't be doing what they're doing.
Folder management extras
a folder read-only
Windows hardening expert Jonathan Hassell explains how to make a folder read-only.
users from deleting files in shared folders
Jonathan Hassell explains one of the functions of using Advanced Permissions.
This was first published in March 2007