Solved Is there a way to hide files in server 2003?

January 30, 2012 at 08:20:35
Specs: Windows 7
I am running an ftp server off of windows server 2003.

Right now, I have an anonymous user which is allowed to view and access all files on the server. The problem is that this single anonymous user is used by a number (an indefinite) of people, and they shouldn't all be able to see each other's files.

My two thoughts were that I could 1) Hide all the files so that they could only access the files they were told the exact filepath for, or 2) Put password protections on each folder, with ambiguous folder names for each specific user.

Ultimately, I know neither of these methods are completely secure, but I'm not sure how else to address the needs without creating users for each of the anonymous users and configuring each of their access rights (which I don't have the manpower to do).

So what I would like to know is:
1) Is there a way to hide all the files on my ftp server so that the anonymous user can only have access to the content of the file path he knows?
2)Is there a way to put passwords on folders so that they can only access it with a password?
3) Is there a better way I could be doing this (short of trying to manage individual users)?

Thank you for your time and help!


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#1
January 31, 2012 at 06:20:15
Create a separate, password-protected user account for each user - it's not rocket science.

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#2
January 31, 2012 at 06:24:57
With the list of users being dynamic, I would be adding and deleting users on a continuous basis - which is exactly what I'm trying to avoid.

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#3
January 31, 2012 at 09:08:09
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It strikes me that telling the users the exact path names to files, and then dealing with problems when they couldn't find them, would be more onerous than simply creating new user accounts. Again, password protecting folders, creating ambiguous filenames, and then letting the user know what those names are is more of a fuss than just creating an account.

It takes seconds to create a new account; you can do it in batch if there are many of them. To make files accessible to individual users only you have to do something; you might as well make it the simplest something that you can.


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#4
January 31, 2012 at 09:18:48
That's fair. Thanks for pointing out the pitfalls in my thoughts!

I was mostly trying to find a way to delegate responsibility for the access to someone who wasn't terribly computer savvy and who dealt directly with the changing users and what they'd require access to.

Thanks again!


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#5
January 31, 2012 at 13:38:34
You can always delegate the authority to create and delete user accounts in a particular OU to an ordinary user. Have a look at: http://www.activewin.com/win2000/st...

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#6
January 31, 2012 at 14:09:34
This looks quite promising. Thanks!

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