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I wonder what is needed in terms of the NTFS Security permission to grant user to do file READ+WRITE+MOVE from one directory to another but NO DELETE ?

Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated.


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I don't think its possible. A move effectively is a delete in the source location, followed by a create in the new location. – RobM Apr 17 '12 at 7:19
@DJPon3 nearly correct, although the order is reversed - a file is relinked / copied at the destination first and deleted at the source afterwards – the-wabbit Apr 17 '12 at 8:43
You're right of course @syneticon-dj - I was just making the point informally that a move contains a delete operation by design, I appreciate I wasn't being precise. – RobM Apr 17 '12 at 8:54
@DJPon3 -- Why not post this as an answer? I was about to post exactly that response... – Kyle Smith Apr 17 '12 at 11:07
Good point, @KyleSmith, I'll do that. – RobM Apr 17 '12 at 11:37
up vote 3 down vote accepted

I don't think its possible to do this because MOVE isn't a permission in itself. A move operation on an NTFS object involves creating a link in the target directory location and then deleting the link from the source directory location - the delete permission is therefore an inherent part of moving an object.

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It seems that you are right man, I cannot configure it in anyway even with the advanced permission settings. – Server System Specialist Apr 17 '12 at 12:15

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