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By eporteni ·
Okay, see if you can follow this. I have agroup of users set up, called "students." These students have access to user folders on the server (win2k) in a directory called "users." In this "Users" folder they each have individual folders. The permissions on the "users" folder is set to "list folder contents" because I don't want one student to be able to open what is in another student's folder. They can see it, sure, but not open it. The problem is, is that one the individual folders within the user folder, the permissions have been propegated down, and individual students can access their own directorys, but cannot save or open anything in the folder. I am looking for a way to set individual permissions (user-a has full access to user-a's folder, etc.) on the folders without having to go into the security of EACH folder and go through the ACL to find the user, add him to the list, set the permissions, and so on and so forth. I have over 600 users in this directory, and I NEED to get these permissions set so that students cannot access each other's folders. Does anyone know of any easy way to automate or set the permissions on the folders for individual users only? Any help is greatly appreciated!

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by CG IT In reply to Individual User Folder ac ...

my eyes hurt from reading this. Haven't I seen this question before? Like last month?

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by eporteni In reply to

please, only answer if you can really help.

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by eporteni In reply to Individual User Folder ac ...

Well, if you have seen this before, can you tell me where?

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by Rabbit_Runner In reply to Individual User Folder ac ...

You sound like a student trying to get an answer for a homework assignment or problem given by their teacher. Please do not use TR as a means to do your homework assignments.

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by eporteni In reply to

Excuse me? Next time you answer someone, please make sure you know who you are talking to. I use this site to ask my PEERS questions about problems that I face working as the Technology Coordinator here at Cathedral Prep. I do not appreciate the lack of help and courtesy I am receiving here, and I feel bad that you as IT peers would deny someone help in trying to fix a problem that you or someone else may have faced in the past. The fact that the only people who have posted answers to my question have posted to either bash or be obtuse to me, makes me feel that this is a site people only come to in order to try to - technically speaking - "flex their muscles." If anyone does have a legitimate answer to my question, I would really appreciate your help.
Thank you.

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by CG IT In reply to Individual User Folder ac ...

whoa! err if you read your own question basically you have your answer which is why I posted as I did. default folder permissions to users and groups. further you don't say whether your network is AD based or just a workgroup of a bunch of boxes connected together? you don't say whether you use NTFS disk format on the workstations.

You want to automate the processes of assigning users folders and access to those folders? how dynamic is the user database? if its very dynamic, then the variable is the user name or password. better way to handle it is to just create a template of user names, folders associated to those names, permissions to those folders and set that in concrete. Then just dole out passwords. then just change passwords when a student no longer users that user name and password [but then you'll need another form to remember which student is which user].

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by CG IT In reply to

if you use NTFS file system on the computers, setting user permissions to files and folders is very granular right down to only one person has full access. right click on the folder, click the security tab and select what you want. Yes it's tedious. Yes you can automate the process. How? one answer is run Active Directory and use group policy assign permissions to groups of users or default container users [like domain users or everyone group or so on. you'll get the idea].

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by ewgny In reply to Individual User Folder ac ...

If you use Group policy to "redirect" the users my documents folder to a network share, you will have your solution. The users will never see the network share. Therefore they will never see another users folders. Their My documents will available to them regardless of the PC they log onto. You can set up Disk Quotas on the network drive as well to restrict their storage. The users My Documents folder will be set up automatically on the network share upon the first Logon. The redirected My Documents permissions will also be set for the user, as you desired. The Main Folder that you create to store the Users redirected "My Documents", is the only folder you will have to set permissions on, to allow the users permission to create their folders. Works like a charm

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by ewgny In reply to

Remember to set up quotas prior to the partition being used by the student, or the quotas won't work properly.
I have used redirected My documents in a student environment. If you have further questions feel free to contact me via e-mail

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