How do I create user specific access passwords to limit folder access on a server?

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How can I make it so users are prompted for a password when they select their folder on a network using Windows 2003 server?

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There are third party softwares that integrates well with AD and provide this functionality. They let you define the sensitivity of a network resource (folder) and accordingly set the authentication level so that users are prompted for password each time they access a particular resource. I would advice against use of any freeware for this purpose.

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User security credentials are cached on Windows client workstations. This is a network performance improvement feature. So, once a user is authenticated on a workstation, they are rarely asked to provide user credentials again unless some other application requests fresh login

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  • Kevin Beaver
    There may be some third-party DLP or endpoint security apps that can do this but as Labnuke99 said these credentials are cached within Windows. You could possibly put files on a separate host that they don't have access to by default so they're prompted for their login credentials.
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  • Dwiebesick
    My question to you would be what are you trying to accomplish by requiring the end user to enter their password each time before accessing domain resources? Is it for security control? If so, NTFS permissions would be your control. If it is auditing, then there are other mechanisms in a domain environment i.e. security logging. I think having users enter their password each time they try to use a domain resource would just make them frustrated with out much benefit at the network administration level. This is just my take and my 2 cents worth.
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