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January 26, 2012 at 16:35:28
Specs: Windows XP
At my fire department we are making the move to electronic reports. I had a lot of experience with server 2003, which is what we're using, however I havent used these skills in several years. What we are looking at doing is making a folder write only for the firefighters, to save their reports into, then only the administrators will have write/delete access to this folder. However, every combination of permissions I try, I cant save a fole to the share drive. I can drag and drop one, but I cant actually use the save menu. What I want to do is make it so the firefighters can view reports, save their reports without dragging and dropping, but cant go in and edit a report or delete reports. Any suggestions?



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January 27, 2012 at 01:21:51
For starters, you cannot make a file "write only", but you can make a file "read only" if that's what you really meant to say.

You can only put existing files into the shared folder buy drag-and-drop or cut/paste. You can't use the shared folder as a "save to" target.

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January 27, 2012 at 03:56:21
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Making a folder write only is certainly possible using the appropriate permissions (see, for example, ) but on close reading of your question this is not what you are actually asking for. You want people to be able to view the reports, which means that they would have to have read permission. You are actually asking for a "write-once" security setting, which is not possible AFAIK.

In your position I would set up a drop-box, using the security settings outlined in my link, where the reports could be deposited. Then have another, read-only, folder to which you copy the reports (either manually or via a scheduled job). That way people can view the reports in the final folder but not change them.

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January 29, 2012 at 21:02:21
Sounds good. Thats what we'll end up doing.


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