permissions/ inheritable permissions issue in Windows Server 2003 - permissions not propagating

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Hi- we recently rebuilt a directory of shared folders/subfolders/files on a server running Windows 2003 Server software, and needed to change most of the existing permissions.

we created new top level folders, applied certain permissions to them, and then copied old folders into the new top level ones.
in doing so , it seems that for some reason the subfolders and files did not inherit the permissions applied to the top level folder- even though 'apply this to all folders, subfolders, and files.

im hoping there is some way to release (when logged in as administrator) all folders/subfolders/ and files within a certain directory so that i can start over from scratch --or to otherwise make sure that a top level security permission gets applied top to bottom, globally, within that directory.  
Any thing to avoid having to apply all the permissions individually.

any ideas?
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Please check the advanced options in security tab. somtimes it will block the folders in inheriting the permissions from parent folders

Open the Properties page for the top-level folder and go to the Security tab. Click Advanced. Check the box beside "Replace permission entries on all child objects...". Click Apply.



thanks jimck.
i'd tried that, been as soon as i did it told me that "an error occured applying security to : (subfolder/path) access is denied.

mohanarangam, i think this is a large part of the issue. the subfolders had their own permissions and there seems no way to make a global change to them all.
In that case, you need to take ownership of the directory structure first. To do that, open the Properties page of the top-level folder. Don't change the permissions at this point. Go to Security - Advanced then the Owner tab. Check the box beside "Replace ovewner on subcontainers and objects". Select your account from the list and click apply. after this process completes, you can then replace the permissions.


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