Changes to "Read Only"


Do you know why on SBS 2003 some folders become "Read Only"?  One day they are fine and the next day they are read only?
wball1217Asked:
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Read -Only is the default attribute, if this is what you are referring to here...  

Unlike the Read-only attribute for a file, the Read-only attribute for a folder is typically ignored by Windows, Windows components and accessories, and other programs. For example, you can delete, rename, and change a folder with the Read-only attribute by using Windows Explorer. The Read-only and System attributes is only used by Windows Explorer to determine whether the folder is a special folder, such as a system folder that has its view customized by Windows (for example, My Documents, Favorites, Fonts, Downloaded Program Files), or a folder that you customized by using the Customize tab of the folder's Properties dialog box. As a result, Windows Explorer does not allow you to view or change the Read-only or System attributes of folders.

http://support.microsoft.com/?id=326549
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wball1217Author Commented:

I guess I'm not sure what's going on.  There are a few shares on our network which after a day or two the "folder or files" become read only.  One day they are fine and the next day they are read only....
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Still, it should not affect the Share Access..  or is it?  If so, we need to look at this more seriously..
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wball1217Author Commented:
I went to see the problem myself.  They were working on a file and the file changed to "read only" while they were working on the file.  Does anyone know what could caus this to happen?
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Yep..  I thought perhaps it may be something to do with Oplocks, so I searched...  Here is an article that might explain this, with suggestions:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=814112

 There is an issue with negotiating SMB signing from a client that is running Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) to a Windows 2000-based server that requires SMB signing.
•      Another process has the file open and locked. For example, this issue may be caused by either of the following items:
•      The network folder is open in Microsoft Windows Explorer and you are using Details view to display additional details (such as the author or title) for files in the folder. Windows Explorer reads the contents of the files in the folder to obtain the additional details. If a program tries to open a file exclusively and Windows Explorer has the network file open to extract this additional file information, a sharing violation occurs.
•      Another program or process, such as an antivirus program (either on the client computer or on the server), may have the file locked.
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wball1217Author Commented:
Thanks, at least someone saw this problem but we're using SBS 2003 SP1 and the workstation are Windows XP SP2.  Would this MS article address my SBS 2003 SP1 and Win XP SP2 or arethe differences to much?  Thanks again.
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Although that article is for 2000 server, I cannot find anything relating to 2003..  but..

You might want to read more on Oplocking...  and if you need to, test turning it off on your server..

http://www.dataaccess.com/whitepapers/opportunlockingreadcaching.html
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wball1217Author Commented:
Thanks again. I read it and it seems like the right direction.   Is this just for Databases? My problem is happening with Word Doc's or wahtever file is on the network drive.  Also do you think if I edit the reg on a workstation to test would that be valid or must I test turning it off and test it on the server?  
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
I believe you will have to 'experiment' with your servers...  And no, this is not just for Databases..  Oplocks can create problems with any file that is being accessed..

Remember to back up the Reg Keys before you start changing anything there...  In fact, I would get a good backup of the server itself, including the System State first..  :)

I worked on an earlier problem here some time ago, and just CANNOT find the thread, but I would suggest you read this one also..:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Windows_Server_2003/Q_21695614.html?query=oplocks&topics=666
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Thanks..

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