Network Shares are Read Only.......

Posted on 2005-04-18
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Server single domain controller running Windows 2003 and has replaced a Windows NT server.

7 x XP clients (SP2 I think, currently unable to check)
1 x w2k client (SP4)
1 x 98 client. (All OK)

New server in place, data copied across and all clients setup with roaming profiles. User profiles are currently setup to Connect Z: as \\server\share\user. The drive gets mapped Ok, but is set to read only. The same is true of the w2k client. However I did get the 98 machine to read correctly. No matter what I do to the shares on the server they still go read only for users.
Question by:Manchester_Ronnie
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    by:Pete Long
    All Folders Are Read only?

    The square (or greyed out check mark) for a folder means NOTHING, NO CHANGE, WAITING
    FOR YOU TO USE ME.  This is because the read-only box in a folder's properties is
    only used to apply or remove the read-only setting from all of the folder's files
    at once. If you clear the box and click Apply, then the files in the folder will
    be cleared of any read-only attributes they have. Like wise for checking the box
    to apply the attribute to all files.  The square reappears the next time because,
    once again, you haven't used it.

    FOLDERS do NOT have a functional read-only attribute in Windows.  The read-only attribute
    is only for files.  The read-only check-box for folder properties is a bad and confusing
    design.  If you want to avoid read-only confusion, check individual files, ignore

    Windows file systems actually use the read-only attribute for a folder to make it
    customisable, but the checkbox in a folder's properties has nothing to do with that.
     You cannot prevent a folder's contents from being changed using the read-only attribute.
     You can read more about that here:;en-us;326549

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    Accepted Solution

    Have a look at the *share* permissions (right-click the shared folder, Properties, tab "Share", button "Permissions"). Unlike NT4/W2k, shares you create will have a default security setting of only Read permissions for the Everyone group; NT4/W2k set it to Full automatically (yes, I've fallen for this, too, when W2k3 came out).

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    Cheers for that an easy 500 points!

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