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Determine and change rights

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We are using Windows 2003 Server.  All of the workstations are Windows 2000 or Windows XP Pro


Our applications need full access rights to the directories that they use.  One of the most frequent reasons that our applications have problems is that the user has not been granted sufficient rights to those directories.  These access rights problems usually occur in automatic backup or import/export operations that manipulate external files and directories directly.  Operations such as file deletion and directory creation that use the low-level file handling of Microsoft Scripting Runtime (ScrRun.sll) are particularly at risk for failure.  In order to insure that those rights are available, we need to have procedures for answering the following questions:

1.      On a given workstation, how do we determine the logged-in user’s effective rights to a directory on that workstation?  How do we determine the logged-in user’s effective rights to a directory on a file server?  First, we need an outline of the individual steps to follow to arrive at a display of these effective rights.  

2.      If a given user does not have sufficient rights, how do we modify those rights if that user is a member of a domain?  Again, we need an outline of the individual steps to follow to arrive at a display that allows us to change the user’s rights.

3.      If a given user does not have sufficient rights, how do we modify those rights if that user is not a member of a domain?  Again, we need an outline of the individual steps to follow to arrive at a display that allows us to change the user’s rights.



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You can right-click the folder, choose properties, security tab, advanced, effective permission.  I prefer to use the command-line cacls app though
cacls C:\YourFolder
will give you a run down of the rights on that folder...

Again, with cacls (I would) you can 'add' to the acl using
cacls C:\YourFolder /e /t /g UserName:F
(to grant them full access).  Otherwise, you go through the security tab as outlined above and add them - then click Advanced to make sure the permissions are replaced on the subfolders.

The above is regardless of domain membership (in a manner of speaking)
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