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Chapter 14. Command-Line Programs > File-Management Tools

File-Management Tools

Windows XP gives users the choice of formatting their hard disks with either of two file system structures: File Allocation Table (FAT) or NT File System (NTFS). Both systems provide ways to make files invisible (hidden) and unalterable (read-only). In addition, NTFS provides a user and group security scheme that lets the user determine exactly who can view, create, modify, and delete files on a file-by-file and folder-by-folder basis. Although you can control these file attributes from the Windows Explorer GUI, Microsoft has also provided command-line tools to manage file attributes.

These utilities can be used in batch files to set up and maintain user folders. For example, you can make a batch file that creates a folder on a file server for each newly added user and then adds the appropriate NTFS permissions to secure the folder.


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