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permission rights are not being propagated from folder to files

I have a folder that is shared on a 2003 server.  A user calls me today and says that he is unable to access some excel files in the folder.  He gets an error message saying that he only has read only rights or that the file is encrypted.  
While logged on as administrator on the server, I noticed that many of the excel files are missing permissions for the everyone group.  After I add the everyone group and allow read access to the folder, he is able to access the file.  
There are approximately 500 files in the folder, so I'd like to make sure that all access rights on the files are the same as the folder.  When I click on the right click on the shared folder and goto properties->security->advanced and check allow inheritable permissions, it appears that nothing changes.  
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akyuen
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ob1_Commented:
Right-click the parent folder, go to properties, security, advanced, on the permissions tab check the box to "Replace permission entries on all child objects...". This will apply the folder permissions to all files in the folder.
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akyuenAuthor Commented:
thanks ob1.  I now find out that I have some files that I do not have access rights to, even though I am an administrator.  Is there an easy way to just replace permission entries on all child objects and overwrite the permissions on those files that I do not have access rights to? or do I actually have to take ownership of each of those files?
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ob1_Commented:
Go to the Owner tab and replace owner on all subcontainers and objects. Then go back to the permissions tab end replace permissions on all child objects. That should do it.
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petelettinCommented:
ob1's comment will also remove existing permissions.

Pete :-)
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akyuenAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys.  It worked perfectly.
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