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Hi everyone,

Currently my company is running SBS 2003 / Exchange with about 30 users.  I've been having trouble with one particular user lately.  This user uses a machine that was previously occupied by someone who left the company.  Every now and then, the current user won't be able to open certain files or download certain things.  I'm pretty sure it's a permissions issue, so my question is what would be the easiest way to make them an admin or primary user of this machine?  Thanks for the help.
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Giving a user administrator rights is not the right way to go about it.

Are the files the user is experiancing problems with locally on the PC or shared of a network drive?

Assuming they are shared from a server somewhere what you are better to do is to set the permissions on the folder structure to accomodate the needs. Giving users rights beyond their requirement is not a good idea!

Adam
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The strange thing is most of the files they have trouble accessing are local files.
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NTFS permissions should still exist.

If the files are all located under one root folder then just re-apply the permissons to force the change.

To do this right click on the top level folder, go to properties, go to security, ensure/add the user you want to have access to the files and subfolders into the Groups or Usernames list, click on advanced, check the 'Replace all existing inheritable permissions on all descendants with inheritable permissons from this object'

This will force the permissons down through the folder structure and the user should then have the required rights.

Adam
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