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Clean Up Active Directory Permissions SBS 2003

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I have an SBS 2003 server, we have a bunch of shared folders. I need to change permissions on these folders. All users are seperated into 2 groups, Staff, Interns. Staff should have access to almost all of the folders, there are 1 or 2 folders only certain staff members should have access to. Interns should have very limited access to a couple folders. I am not sure who initially set all this up but when I look at the permissions of a folder it is a huge mess. Usually on any given folder it has the staff group, interns group, individual users, and lots of "account unknown", etc... Does anyone know how I can maybe wipe out all of the old permissions and start from scratch? Or any other suggestions. Help is very much appreciated. Thanks
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If you want to wipe out ther permissions for all the folders you should be able to go to the top folder and then apply the desired settings you want and then select the option to replace the permissions on all child folders.

Be very careful with this because if you are not sure what you are doing you can cause yourself a whole lot of headache.  security
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Thanks for the help I will look your suggestions over asap. What about the "account unknown"s can I get rid of those?
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How do they appear in the permissions listing? Do they show as S-1-xxxxxxxxxxx.

If so those are user accounts that are no longer present in AD and should be safe to be removed.
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Yes they do appear like that, I will try and delete them.
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