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Rebuild Server - AD User Question

Posted on 2004-08-03
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Okay, my server has gone to crud, so I am going to try and start fresh. I want to completely recreate everything (except for the exchange mailboxes). If I have several directories secured with NT permissions to where only one user can open them, what will the situation be like if that user is no longer in the directory, say, after a clean install of Windows Server?

I could probably just remove the user and allow "everyone" full control, but I might miss some directories that will get backed up.

I would appreciate any pointers you could offer.

Thanks.
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by:JammyPak
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the SID that is currently granted permissions on the directory will no longer be recongnized by the new server install - when you view the security properties, instead of listing a user name, it will show the actual sid and 'unknown user'. As administrator, you will not be able to open the files, since you don't have permissions - however; what you can do is take ownership of the files, and then grant the administrator permissions on the file.

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by:Gilmoro
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So it would just be a matter of taking ownership. That would be done in the same dialog box as setting permissions, right?
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Yes, in the properties of the folder, then Security tab, then 'Advanced' button, then there's an Ownership tab. You could change the ownership and permissions and then click the check box to 'reset permissions on child objects' to change the perms on all files in the folder at the same time.
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