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    Another Network Newbie

    I am in a small law office that is minimally networked at this time. We (WP Dept.) want to have a file folder on the server that is read only, where people can only open documents and not save back to the folder. We have tried making the folder read only, but it doesn't work. What are we doing wrong?

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    Re: Another Network Newbie

    Are you able to tell us a bit more about the network??? What operating system is the server running?? how is the neytwork configured??? These would help determine he best way to protect the documents. <img src=/S/thinks.gif border=0 alt=thinks width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Another Network Newbie

    Sorry for being a little too vague - the server that we are trying to protect folders on is a File and Print server running Windows 98.

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    Re: Another Network Newbie

    Yes, Windows 98 is "weak" that way. You should be able to make the entire "share" read-only. For example:

    1. Create folder c:NoWriteTest
    2. Share the folder as Read Only with the name NoWrite

    It then should be impossible for someone to write to any folders they access through ComputerNameNoWrite.

    Naturally, if someone can get to this folder through another share, it is not fully protected, so you might need to change your sharing scheme on this PC.

    Bear in mind that when users map drives to "network" shares, those drives can be targeted by VBScript viruses (such as LoveLetter). Therefore, virus precautions should be kept up to date on all client machines. This won't affect your read-only shares, but it will affect any others.

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