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Word and Exel files become read-only after being copied to the server

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Why are all of our MS word and exel files becoming read-only when copied to our Nt 4.0 server?
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jhaley111197 earned 400 total points
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It sounds like the files are being moved to a directory with "Add and read" attributes turned on for some and/or all of the users. Make sure the directory has "change" permissions on it. The person making the permission changes will have to have either ownership of the directory or full-control access on that directory in order to change it. If you are unsure of how to change permissions, leave a comment and I will assist you.
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by:chomba
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exelent answer unfortunatly I forgot to mention that I have given change permission to the user. This is a roving problem some how attached to a person's loggin. Mostly on MS word and Exel files. I have scaned for virus with the newest virus scaners and updated sig files.  The error message that I am getting is in a File reservation window stating that the file is being modified by XXX then stating that it can be opened as read-only or wait to be notified when it is free. XXX is always someone different.  I know that the file is not in use by that machine or person. Thanks in advance
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by:jhaley111197
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It is NOT a virus problem, especially since it is affecting both types of files and no other types. One thing I would try is having an admin account take ownership of the directory and all sub-directories, then re-apply your pesmission structure.
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