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I am wanting to know if there is a way to force dynamic inheritance on files and folders that are moved from one directory tree to another on the same drive?  We have departmental and project folders on the same drive.  We are running Windows 2003 on the server.  When a person "moves" a folder the NTFS permissions move with it (just like the documentation states because the folder is not really re-written) but is the a way to force the new permissions without having to manually force it?
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I don't know if I totally understand your question or not.  

copy and delete.  This will inherit the destination's permissions.
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I have been instructing users to copy and delete so that the permissions will be correct ... but they don't always seem to get it... They thing because they drag and drop (move) documents to another folder that the documents will have the "new" inherited permissions.  So, I wondered if there is a new attribute on a folder that will always force inheritance even if the document was "moved" and not copied.
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click on the security tab of the properties for the folder
click advanced
click replace permission entries on all child objects with entries show here that apply to child objects.

This is not a dynamic solution, but it should work.
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That is how I have been fixing the "moved" files; but I was hoping for an option to take care of it at the time the folder is moved.  Thanks.
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Move that folder to a new drive.  Keep the share name the same.  The users don't know where it is located but.  If I remember correctly, moving to a new drive does NOT retain permissions.
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Our departmental data in on a huge SANS virtual drive ... so that is not an option ... you are correct that moving to another drive causes the permissions to be reset because it is acturally writing the data to disk... a move on the same disk only changes the pointers.
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Other then using XCalcs from Microsoft and create a script that runs under the schedule service every few mins.  I cant think of another way to do this.

At a different company - Someone moved all of our users home drives to another drive.  All users had full control to everyone else's home directory.  We had 300 plus folders.  I used a script and xcalcs to change all permission so the user had full control to only their folder.

You might look into this solution so you would grant the same permission to that folder / subfolder / file every 5 min so or.
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Would I be able to compare to see if the permissions are different ... and only reset those folders and files that are different ...  That way our backup system will not do a full backup every night of the files; because changing the security on a file causes the backup system to back it up.
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e_vanheel earned 1600 total points
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I bet you could.  I am not a programmer.  825751 & 318754 are the MS KB articles that talk about xcalcs.  

Changing the permissions is easy.  I don't know how to test to see if they have changed.
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Thanks
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