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A friend's old Win2000 Server died yesterday.  I suspect it's the MB, but he doesn't want to fix it.  Instead, he wants to move his data drive to a Win7 Pro box.  I have installed the drive, and can see the data folders. I have turned on sharing, and set the permissions and security so that "everyone" has full access.

About half the folders will not let me open them.  I get the message "you don't currently have permission to access the folder."  When I click the Continue button, I am told that "You have been denied permission to access this folder"  When I navigate to the folders Security tab, I am told "You do not have permission to view or access this folder's permission settings".

I suspect that there are some security attributes left over from his old Win2000 server, but I'm stumped.  Help!
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by:AhmedCharania
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In addition to share permission, you will also need to configure NTFS Security permissions. The simplest workaround is to assign full security permission to your user and also apply same to the child objects.

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When I check the "reset permissions on all child objects..." I get an error message "An error occured while applying security information to (folder name).  Access is denied".  It does this for all folders.
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Before reset, take the ownership of the required folder / subfolder.
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by:DesertCroc
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To make it easy go to the sharing tab and remove all groups. Add only the everyone group. Then give the group full permissions. (This is like a door so there's really no need to set security here just open the door for all). Go to the security tab. and add the groups you need to have rights. Then go to the advanced button and once inside check the box that says "replace..." Depending on the nubmer of files it may take a few minutes..... that's it.
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by:timabe
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The problem was some old domain accounts that still had NTFS permissions.  I took ownership of all folders and it works now.  Thanks!
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