I've been a Linux sysadmin and am new to Windows so I apologize for the n00b question. I have two groups lets call them "Students" and "Professors". Students are very restricted, however professors have access to some unique things. One of them is a P:\ drive. The drive is mapped as follows:
\\Server\Public -> P:\
All Professors have full read\write access to this. It is designed for them to share files with each other. Students do not have access to \\Server\ or \\Server\Public but I have a professor who wants to share files with some students.
The only workaround I came up with so far (which leaves everything as far as permissions\shares go as they are) is to create a "Shared" folder in his local profile and share it with EVERYONE, and give EVERYONE read-only access. Students can access it by going to "\\COMPUTER_NAME\Users\USER_NAME\Shared" (and that's all they can see).
The problem is the professor has to copy all the files to his local profile from the P drive. It's not too big of a deal but I want a more elegant solution. I tried creating a symlink in "Shared" as follows:
\\COMPUTER_NAME\Users\USER_NAME\Shared\linked_dir <-> \\Server\Public
but students still were unable to access it (I'm sure it is designed like that on purpose).