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How do I manage access to server folders?

Updated: March 30, 2011

Applies To: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

You can manage access to any shared folders on the server using the tasks in the Server Folders tab of the Dashboard. By default, the following shared folders are available on the server running Windows SBS 2011 Essentials:

  • Client computer backups Used to store and access computer backups if you configure your server for creating them.

  • Company Used to store and access documents related to your organization

  • Users Used to store and access files by network users. A user specific folder is automatically generated in this Users server folder for every network user account that you create.

You can choose three different access settings for the shared folders:

  • Read/Write

    Choose this setting if you want to allow this person to create, change, and delete any files in the shared folder.

  • Read only

    Choose this setting if you want to allow this person to only read the files in the shared folder. Users with Read access cannot create, change, or delete any files in the shared folder.

  • No access

    Choose this setting if you do not want this person to access any files in the shared folder.

ImportantImportant
The permissions that are displayed in the folder properties represent only the users which are managed by the Dashboard. They do not include user permissions such as groups, or service accounts, or include any permission that may be set on the folder using other native tools and include users which were not added through the Dashboard.

You must be a network administrator to perform this procedure.

To set permissions to shared folders on the server

  1. Open the Dashboard.

  2. Click Server Folders and Hard Drives and then click Server Folders.

  3. Navigate to and select the shared folder that you want to modify permissions for.

  4. In the task pane, click View the folder properties.

  5. In <FolderName> Properties, click Sharing, and select the appropriate user access level for the listed user accounts, and then click Apply.

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