Me again...this is slightly off topic so I'll apologise in advance. I'm still trying to deploy AD file security though!

A problem I'm trying to solve is that of hiding parts of the Active Directory file system which users do not have permission to access.

I want to have a top level directory called 'Departments' and beneath that I want to put a folder for each respective department in the Company. Some users only have acess to one Department while others have access to many. I want to map the 'top' level to a fixed drive letter for the whole Company and have users see only those directories for which they have access.

This is the problem...In order to map the top level I have to either set it as a DFS root or create a share. This automatically gives ALL users access to SEE every folder within the share, even if they don't have access rights to drill down further. I do not want this. Under Netware this doesn't happen as you do not need security/access rights to have a drive mapping, only to see the files/folders BELOW the mapped point.

I have found a 3rd party product by Scriptlogic called 'Cloak' that will do exactly what I want. It sits on the server and intercepts ALL AD requests for file access. If a user does not have access to a resource it doesn't pass the info on to AD. It's very neat but I cannot figure out why I can't do this using Microsoft's so-called 'superior' OS.

If there's another way I'd be very grateful if someone could help. I prefer not to have to deploy 3rd party apps if possible.

Thanks in advance

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