Solved Can you stop users accidently deleting/moving folders?

February 6, 2014 at 02:55:52
Specs: server 2008 r2
Is it possible to stop users accidently moving or deleting folders?
Yes i can set the delete permission and that works but I have this setup...

Take a nested set of folders (4 is in 3, is in 2 is in 1)
so 1 is the root folder

If i set the delete deny on folder 1, but not on the nested folders, and a user tried to delete folder 1, subfolders 2, 3 and 4 will be deleted.

I cant set delete deny on all folder and file as users have to make and delete files and folders below folder one level.

So if i only set it delete deny on folder 1 and they try to delete folder 1, folder 1 would be left in tact but with no contents. This is because when they try to delete folder 1 is says "do you want to delete folder 1 and all its contents"

Is there a way to stop this, or a better config method?

thanks for all help

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February 6, 2014 at 19:53:11
From the operating system point of view, \ is really the root directory & 1 is a sub-directory of that. In any event, do the users need write access to the files in those folders? How often are the users "accidentally" deleting entire folders? It sounds as if it's more of a need, to train them, than it is a need for a new group policy.

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February 7, 2014 at 01:58:06
HI Thanks for the reply.

they have been trained and are generally fine, but occasionally the accidently drag a folder to the wrong place. either because there PC suddenly went slow and they wiggled the mouse etc etc. or just using the mouse too fast for thier brain.

They dont need write access to root or level 1 but yes to level 2 and below.

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February 7, 2014 at 03:39:36
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I understand what you're saying about their hands moving faster than their brains. The problem is that you want a modified write access. There is a well written explanation of Windows permissions at:

Maybe you can find something there.

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June 9, 2016 at 15:22:58
I found a product called Directory Defender that I now use on all of my file servers. You just install it on the file server and it will stop remote users from moving folders around - no changes to permissions necessary. Plus I get notified when somebody gets blocked from moving a folder so I can tell them what happened.

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