NTFS Permissions - Inheritance and changing

Posted on 2009-05-20
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Last Modified: 2012-05-07
I have a folder tree that had permissions assigned and inheritance enabled.
I want to change the permissions on some of the upper level folders.  Is there a way to then update the permissions on the folders and files below the updated folders to reflect the changed permissions?  (Basically, update or repropogate the inheritance throughout the folder tree (including files).
Question by:Michael Spellman
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Expert Comment

ID: 24437925
Thats should happen automatically.

Inherit from parent

Author Comment

by:Michael Spellman
ID: 24437945
I thought so too, but it didn't seem to.  I have users that had files in the subfolders when I modified the upper level folder permissions and the person that I gave permissions to could access the folders, but not the file.
Is it just delayed a bit?  I will check when I get to work tomorrow and see if it has updated.


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Kavostylin earned 600 total points
ID: 24437959
make sure under the asdvanced options for security That you have the boxes ticked.

I cant remember which 1's explicably but i am sure you will figure it out.


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dbbg earned 900 total points
ID: 24438685
Hi, is this folders root folders you are going to make permission changes, if it is like that select users on particular folders who have permissions and give the permission what you want to give, like Read, Write or Modify which you need, to get the same propagated to down subfolders and files go to Advance Tab and Tick the option "Replace permission entries on all child objects with entries shown here that apply to child objects", rgds SG

Author Closing Comment

by:Michael Spellman
ID: 31584821
It turned out that my problem had to do with folder creation and CACLs being called; It was just the first subfolder that wasn't inheriting the upper permissions.  I had the script that created the subfolders check for the existence of the upper folders and create them if needed.  If the upper folder existed, the inheritance worked fine, if it didn't exist, the first subfolder was basically seen as a root folder and it didn't inherit.  I modified the script to separate the folder creation and permission assignment by folder level....checking for the upper folders completely first, then running thru and creating the subfolders.  It works fine now.
Thanks for assisting.

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