Server 2008 Read Attributes ISSUES

Before you read the issue, to be clear I am using the Administrator account on the server. The F drive is inside the server.

The Problem:
Originally I wanted to clear the read only attribute to the F:\Recovered Data Folder. Everytime i cleared the attribute and pressed okay, it would say its done and when i checked it again, the check mark was back to read only. I decided to make another folder on the same drive and had the same exact problem. I checked the F: drive security settings, everything seemed normal, Administrators have full rights and everything.

The next step I tried was making a folder on the DESKTOP on the SERVER, called test. I then checked the attributes to it and it said read only. I unchecked it and pressed ok and then checked the folder again, and it still put the read-only attribute back.

I have tried http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326549/ 

When i did the following to the test folder on desktop:
attrib -r +s C:\Users\Administrator\Desktop\Test
i had no error messages in cmd after typing the command but it still didn't fix the read only issue.

When i did: attrib -r +s F:\Recovered Data
It said "Parameter format not correct - "

I can write into both folders, but I want to get the read only attribute unchecked.

I also took note that the read-only permission is gray and that usually means files within the folder are read only but the test folders i created do not have files that are read only inside them.

Anyone have any ideas?





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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
cause:
Unlike the Read-only attribute for a file, the Read-only attribute for a folder is typically ignored by Windows, Windows components and accessories, and other programs. For example, you can delete, rename, and change a folder with the Read-only attribute by using Windows Explorer. The Read-only and System attributes is only used by Windows Explorer to determine whether the folder is a special folder, such as a system folder that has its view customized by Windows (for example, My Documents, Favorites, Fonts, Downloaded Program Files), or a folder that you customized by using the Customize tab of the folder's Properties dialog box. As a result, Windows Explorer does not allow you to view or change the Read-only or System attributes of folders. When a folder has the Read-Only attribute set it causes Explorer to request the Desktop.ini of that folder to see if any special folder settings need to be set. It has been seen where if a network share that has a large amount of folders set to Read-only, it can cause Explorer to take longer then what is expected to render the contents of that share while it waits on the retrieval of the Desktop.ini files. The slower the network connectivity to the share the longer this process can take to the point where Explorer may timeout waiting for the data and render nothing or appear to hang.

Note In some previous versions of Windows, you can change the Read-only attribute for folders by using the Properties dialog box for the folder, but no versions of Windows permit you to change the System attribute by using Windows Explorer.

This is behavior is by design...

I have replicated your scenerio on my server and see the same results.  Why do you want to stop this behavior?
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Justin OwensITIL Problem ManagerCommented:
I cannot help with the read only issue you are experiencing (does it enforce that, or just show the check?)
When i did: attrib -r +s F:\Recovered Data
It said "Parameter format not correct - "
That would be because of the space.  Try attrib -r +s "F:\Recovered Data" instead.
Justin
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Justin OwensITIL Problem ManagerCommented:
See... That is what I get for not refreshing... NJComputerNetworks is correct in that this is normal behavior.
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Tech SupportSupportAuthor Commented:
Thanks wizard, I was told by a superior to try and get that attribute cleared. So in Windows Server 2008 read-only is checked and grayed out by default? even if it has read and write permissions to anyone?
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Tech SupportSupportAuthor Commented:
Thanks NJComputerNetworks (sorry not wizard lol), I was told by a superior to try and get that attribute cleared. So in Windows Server 2008 read-only is checked and grayed out by default? even if it has read and write permissions to anyo
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
Yes, you can explain to your boss that seeing the greyed Check mark is OK...and there by design.  There is nothing you guys did wrong in your setup...  The greyed attribute of the folder does not effect your permisions...

I would give him/her this information:

cause:
Unlike the Read-only attribute for a file, the Read-only attribute for a folder is typically ignored by Windows, Windows components and accessories, and other programs. For example, you can delete, rename, and change a folder with the Read-only attribute by using Windows Explorer. The Read-only and System attributes is only used by Windows Explorer to determine whether the folder is a special folder, such as a system folder that has its view customized by Windows (for example, My Documents, Favorites, Fonts, Downloaded Program Files), or a folder that you customized by using the Customize tab of the folder's Properties dialog box. As a result, Windows Explorer does not allow you to view or change the Read-only or System attributes of folders. When a folder has the Read-Only attribute set it causes Explorer to request the Desktop.ini of that folder to see if any special folder settings need to be set. It has been seen where if a network share that has a large amount of folders set to Read-only, it can cause Explorer to take longer then what is expected to render the contents of that share while it waits on the retrieval of the Desktop.ini files. The slower the network connectivity to the share the longer this process can take to the point where Explorer may timeout waiting for the data and render nothing or appear to hang.

Note In some previous versions of Windows, you can change the Read-only attribute for folders by using the Properties dialog box for the folder, but no versions of Windows permit you to change the System attribute by using Windows Explorer.

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Justin OwensITIL Problem ManagerCommented:
Yes, that is correct.
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Justin OwensITIL Problem ManagerCommented:
Refresh got me again.  My apologies for repeating what was already much more eloquently stated.
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
(lol... no worries Dr.)
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Tech SupportSupportAuthor Commented:
You guys are great, thanks so much, I figured that was the case, i just wanted to make sure everything was correct.
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Tech SupportSupportAuthor Commented:
This guy knows what he's talking about.
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