Permissions Security, Folder Sharing, and Dfs

Permissions Security, Folder Sharing, and Dfs

Permissions and remote folder sharing are mainstays of Windows Server 2003 security. NTFS-based permissions allow and deny access to files and folders both locally and across the network. By contrast, folder sharing provides or denies access to objects on a remote computer. The two can be combined to provide granular access and proper control.

FAT/FAT32 and NTFS exhibit different permission functionality. FAT and FAT32 provide no security over locally logged-on users. Only native NTFS provides extensive permission control on both remote and local files. All three file systems do support shared folder permissions that apply to remote users. However, to take advantage of Windows Server 2003 advanced security, NTFS volumes must be used.

This chapter provides both theoretical and hands-on examination of Windows Server 2003 NTFS permissions security and folder sharing. We also examine the use of the Microsoft distributed file system (Dfs) as another means of facilitating access to objects across the network. After completing this chapter, a system administrator should be able to

  • Apply permissions on objects.

  • Utilize a working knowledge of ownership and how it can be changed.

  • Implement shared folders.

  • Manage Dfs.

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