Hiding sub-folders within a shared network drive

Posted: 26th June 2012 by Seth Killey in Windows Server

Not that this comes into play much, but from time to time there may be a project where only certain users need access to a folder under a shared network drive.  For instance, a department folder with a subset of users who needs a folder that is only accessible to them.  Of course, the obvious answer is to create a new network share.  However, another useful option is something previously unknown to me…enabling access-based enumeration.  On the sub folder if you remove security inheritance and instead add access to the subset of users only, you can then go into the advanced properties of the network share and enable access-based enumeration so that the folder will only be accessible and visible to the authorized subset of users.  Why I prefer this method in certain circumstances is it prevents a proliferation of tiny shared drives which can clutter up a users list of mapped drives as well as add yet another shared folder to account for in disaster recovery / backup jobs.


  1. Seth says:

    With folder permissions

  2. Christy says:

    How do I learn more

  3. Kevin says:

    Thank you!. Such a simple but effective solution to a problem!