Cannot create or copy files to a Windows 2003 Server folder but can create folders

I connect from my home office from an Apple Leopard system to a Windows 2003 Server Standard Edition through a VPN connection.  I am using the windows 2003 built in VPN function and have no problem accessing the server using my logon credentials as per my user in active directory.  Once the session is established, in the Apple finder I click on "Go" and then on "Connect to Server...".  Here I type in smb://IP Address of the Server/Network Data/ and click Connect.  Now come up all of my files that I have created at the office using my PC.  I can now copy any files from the Server that I am connected to remotely to my Apple Computer and I can also create folders on the Server while being connected to it remotely.  Here comes the issue, I cannot copy files from my Apple computer to the Server. I get an error message that states "The operation cannot be completed because you do not have sufficient privileges for some of the items".  A file on the Server is created with 0KB.  If I try to create a folder through it works without errors.  If I now try to copy files into this folder I also get the previous error message.  I've tried creating a new share and given it full access rights using the everyone group but still I am unable to copy files from my Apple machine using Leopard to the Server.  What am I missing?
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bundasCommented:
If you make a folder inside another folder (or directory), you should give the permission since the parent directory. Maybe you forget to set the permission in the parent directory.
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Lounger-MasterAuthor Commented:
Hello Bundas

I tried this before and again now but no luck.  The folders are set to inherit permissions from the parent folder.  If I use a Windows machine to test the permissions it works without problems.  Further thoughts ?
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bundasCommented:
You might have the permission of read, but not write. Check on it.
Or, do you have firewall?
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Lounger-MasterAuthor Commented:
The permissions are currently set to Full Control.
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bundasCommented:
No firewall?
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Lounger-MasterAuthor Commented:
My apologies, the firewall is just a Router.  It's a Linksys RV042 Router, thats it.
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bundasCommented:
Windows Server 2003 has it default firewall. Find it in the Control Panel
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Lounger-MasterAuthor Commented:
When starting the Windows Firewall I get a message that says "Windows Firewall cannot run because another program or service is running that might use the network address translation component (Ipnat.sys)."  FYI, connecting to the Server via VPN on a Windows machine casues no problems.

Thank You
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bundasCommented:
OK,the windows firewall is disabled if you have RRAS or another firewall.
By the way, your router has firewall. Did you check the setting?
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Lounger-MasterAuthor Commented:
The router firewall was on.  I've tried disabling everyhting but also no difference.  RRAS ?
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bundasCommented:
The router has default firewall. Usually the default of any firewall is set to allow you read and copy but not write.
Don't disable the firewall, but change the setting.
I don't have experience with  that kind of router. Maybe you can read it in the user guide in this site
http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?childpagename=US%2FLayout&packedargs=c%3DL_Product_C2%26cid%3D1115416833192&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper
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Lounger-MasterAuthor Commented:
I just got back into town from a business trip.  My apologies about the delays.  I've searched high and low in the router and the manual for any type of read/write setting for the firewall but there is nothing.  If it was a firewall issue, shouldn't this be happening when a windows client connects via VPN?   It doesn't.  It is only when connecting from the Apple Leopard system.  Any other suggestions ?
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bundasCommented:
I was sure that it is a firewall problem, since the symptom of can read/copy but can't write is a default setting of every firewall in common.  I read in the user gude that your router has a firewall setting (i.e. see page 28) as the common VPN router. But if it is only happened from Apple Leopard system, I am sorry, it might be from your Apple Leopard system side.
(Maybe you can make sure, using Windows to connect the Server from your home office.)
Frankly speaking, I don't have any idea with Apple system. Basically there should be no problem with ALeopard - Windows.
Sorry for this long discussion. Maybe the expert of Apple Leopard can help.
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Lounger-MasterAuthor Commented:
No problem, thanks for your attempts regardless : )
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aaron63Commented:
We have the same problem, by the way. I don't think it is a firewall issue because the Mac computer is connected to the network via Linksys switches. All other computers are able to read/write fine...but the new Mac computer (which the user just HAD to have) has the exact same errors as the author described. Lounger-Master: If you've found a solution please post it here.

Thank you.
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aaron63Commented:
Possible solution here on Expert Exchange:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Q_22613679.html

I'm trying to now...
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Lounger-MasterAuthor Commented:
Hello Aaron 63

The plot thickens.  I have just started on another company that has a Windows 2003 Server also.  I've set the entire system up from scratch and have actually found a work around.  It's not optimal but it works.  If you have a Word file for example that you have created on the Apple computer, open it, choose the save as option and now browse to the folder on the server.  When one clicks save, the file actually copies over to the Server.  Yes its a pain but it works.  I bet this is a possible Leopard bug.  Please keep me posted if you find out anything else.  Thank You.
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aaron63Commented:
I'm not an IT guru btw. I am just 'the guy' at the office who gets to deal with this stuff since I knew a thing about computers networking 10+ years ago. And I've never owned or worked on a Mac as my main computer. So I'm the proverbial monkey banging away at the keyboard until I get something that might work so I can focus on my 'real job'. :)

I won't be back to the office until Monday, but I've found several things to try and get it to work. I'll post results here.
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Lounger-MasterAuthor Commented:
The sad part is that I am the IT guru with over 24 years of experience.  Yes, please keep me posted if you find something that works.  Enjoy your weekend!
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aaron63Commented:
Okay I trried changing the ownership properties on the 2000 Server as suggested in the other Expert Exchange Thread (Folder-rightclick->properties->security->advanced->owner->replace owner on subcontainer and object->OK.

For me it didn't work. We still have the same problem. The user can copy from the Windows 2000 server but cannot copy files back (creates a 0 KB file).

Very frustrating.
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aaron63Commented:
Success!!!!

Okay we found this on an Apple Forum:

Solution: On Windows 2003 Server, change the follo9wing policy:
From "Administrative Tools", open "Domain Controller Security Settings".
Go to "Local Policies" then "Security Options".

Scroll down to find the entry "Microsoft network server: Digitally sign communications (always)". Set this to "Disabled".

To use this policy setting immediately Run the following command: "gpupdate"

That worked for us. Now we don't have a problem copying files anymore. Sort of annoying that you have to change a server setting that has been default for some time. You'd think Apple would want to make connecting to a SMB 2003 server a no brainer.
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Lounger-MasterAuthor Commented:
Hello Aaron63

Wonderful, apparently the Apple system requires some of the same settings that a true DOS system would require.  I am hoping Apple will fix this with a patch.  Thank You so much!
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