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How does a Document Management System (DMS) manage user privileges?

 
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I am sure Document Management Software (DMS) use Shared folders to organise and store files. What if the user gets to know the shared folder path on the server and directly accesses the files without accessing the files via DMS. Is it possible to make a share folder on a server accessible to users only via a Document Management System Application without allowing users access the share folder directly.
 
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How are you certain that the DMS uses a shared folder? And if it does, can't you just make it unshared?
 
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Every software will do it differently; which one are you curious about?
 
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I am curious to know how a classic DMS work.
If it's a Web based system, it's different, as it's gonna have the folder in the server and not one can access unless it's through the Web site.
But if it's pc based app, means like developed using say C#, then how will it be structured to move files and create folder, user based, making it only access the folder only through the app.
 
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I'm not sure I understand the question. If it is a client-based system, then the client should presumably have access to the files. There would only be a single user anyway, so no problem. A server-based system would prevent direct file access (assuming that it even uses files, rather than a DB}.
 
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