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Windows Server 2000/2003 Thread, Password protect a folder in Technical; Can't you just put the files in a password protected zip file? You can still browse the files within the ...
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    Can't you just put the files in a password protected zip file? You can still browse the files within the zip, though you can't see thumbnails.

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    Apparentley HT's previous school had this in place and he wants it here as well. My task is to implement the solution he wants, even if it still has the flaws as you all mention (HT is aware). I'm looking for technical solutions please.
    Maybe get in touch with techies at previous place to see how they did it?

    regards
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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    If a password prompt is what he wants, give him it. It doesn't have to be difficult.

    Make a small program in AutoIt which prompts for a password. When compiling to an executable, give it an icon that is the one used in Windows Explorer to represent a folder. Then make your actual secure folder "hidden" so it's not visible. Users should see the "folder" (the prompt program), click on it, and up comes the prompt for a password. When someone enters the correct password, just launch Explorer and point it to the path of the secure hidden folder.

    You could make it go full-screen, black, green text, and a nice Hollywood-style message: "Classified. Please enter authentication credentials."
    As Webman said - AutoIT. Did this years ago - yes the password is in the script [ but when compiled it will be hard to get ] - but for a quick and dirty approach it may help you:

    Code:
    ; AutoIt Version:      3
    ; Language:            English
    ; Platform:            WinXP
    ; Author:              Matt 
    ; Script Function:     Script that Launches Fun With Texts Teacher Console
    
    $sPass = 'PASSWORD GOES HERE'
    Do
       $sInput = InputBox( "Password Prog By Matt ", "Insert password to Launch Fun With Texts Teacher Console" & @LF & "The password is CaSe SeNSiTIve.", "", ".")
       If @error Then Exit
       If $sPass == $sInput Then ExitLoop
       MsgBox(4096 + 16, 'Error!', 'Password didn''t match.' & @LF & 'Try again.')
    Until 0
    
    ;What ever you want to happen next [ map to a share or drive etc ]
    Last edited by mattx; 27th September 2010 at 07:50 AM.

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    @wwebman/mattx
    nice idea - great for working from files from the desktop but it wouldn't be able to save into the folder from a prog without mapping a drive letter to it and then your back to square one

    But you could add another shortcut to remove the mapping but that isn't what the head wants

    (I actually don't believe that the thing the head thinks he had is what he says he wants now )

    regards

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    SimpleSi: My idea is just a placebo - give the illusion that it's secure; but essentially just opening a folder (which already has appropriate file permissions applied). So it will act like a regular folder - open, save, modify, delete, drag-and-drop as normal

    Mattx's little script is a great solution - just launch "explorer.exe \\server\uncpath\goes\here" at the end.

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    So it will act like a regular folder - open, save, modify, delete, drag-and-drop as norma
    But is doesn't act as a regualr folder
    Its a prog that opens up an explorer window - you can't be working in an app and find the folder on the desktop - its an executable not a folder.

    And even if you run it from the desktop - its not available as a folder.
    Simon

    Unless you map it as a drive letter and then its available for the whole session which is prety much like any folders available to the logged on user .

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    Yes - you'd need to instruct users to browse to it first, or by giving them a nice shortcut. You can't save directly to it from applications due to "security reasons"

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    You can't save directly to it from applications due to "security reasons"
    Like your thinking

    Si

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    @wwebman/mattx
    nice idea - great for working from files from the desktop but it wouldn't be able to save into the folder from a prog without mapping a drive letter to it and then your back to square one

    But you could add another shortcut to remove the mapping but that isn't what the head wants

    (I actually don't believe that the thing the head thinks he had is what he says he wants now )

    regards

    Simon
    What Webman said or code in [ very straight forward ] - a drive mapping when the password is checked, and then a time limit on how long that drive mapping will be in place. After 5 mins the mapped drive can then be disconnected automatically.

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    After 5 mins the mapped drive can then be disconnected automatically.
    But how do I do that dear liza,dear liza but how do I do that ...

    Si

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    But how do I do that dear liza,dear liza but how do I do that ...

    Si
    With the 'sleep' command dear liza dear liza with the 'sleep' command dear liza and a 'DriveMapDel ( "device" )'


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    We use Access Based Enumeration. If a use does not have permission to the folder they don't even see it. Works well but as with all measures you put in place it's down to the end user to keep it secure.

    HBJB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafy View Post
    I heard ProteMac Logon Sentry is a good app for monitoring password protected folders, anybody used this software?
    For password protecting folders or apps on a Mac, Espionage works really well.

    I think there's an AppleScript someone wrote which does exactly the same thing as ProteMac, but for free. I'll see if I can find it.

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    You could host the shared folder on an non domain member server! That would always ask for credentials then.

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