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Need help changing ownership and access rights to folder and subfolders.

Posted on 2011-02-24
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I have a shared drive for my staff on my Windows 2003 server. I am having an issue because some staff members set some o the files within the folder and subfolders as read only when they were the "owner" of the files. I am trying to give 3 domain users only access to this folder and all subfolders/files within. I right click, security tab and add the 3 domain users and grant all access but get an error saying some files are read only.

How can I set this entire folder and sub folders/files all to READ files and the ownership to something all 3 domain users can access?
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by:NotVeryFat
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Try taking ownership of the directory (ensuring that this applies to all child folders). Once you have ownership, set the permissions as you want them, and then ensure that the 'Propogate to all child foldes/ files' is ticked... Make sure you apply this at the correct level and not too high up the folder structure!
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by:mduplay
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When I RDP over to the server, i am logged in as the domain administrator. I went into the top folder on the shared which is called SPECIAL EVENT REQUESTS and right clicked and set the domain admin account as owner of all folders/subfolder. Then i unchecked the read only box and hit apply. I get the attached error saying some of the word docs within some of the folder "access is denied"

Thoughts? error
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by:mduplay
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I go to the top folder and right click and the entire folder is set to read only. I uncheck the box and hit apply and get errors with every word document within the subfolders that says ACCESS IS DENIED. so it wont let un-read the docs that are within the folders. help!

And every folder should have the administrator as the owner now.
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NotVeryFat earned 250 total points
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I suspect you need to add your group with permission to EVERY sub-folder and file, ensuring that it is ticked to propogate permissions to child folder. Also may be worth doing the same for ownership.

Let us know if you need a step-by-step guide.
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by:mduplay
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I had users set to deny while i was trying to give individual people rights. Thanks!
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