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Posted on 2011-03-02
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on my server running SBS 2008, how do assign levels of access to certain folders?  Here is where I am now, right clicked folder, went to properties.  In the Security tab, I see Group or user names:  Everyone, CREATOR OWNER, SYSTEM, Administrator, Administrators (contuso\Administrators), Users (Contuso\Users).  Ideally I would be the only person to access this particular folder.  I am an administor so I am assuming I can delete alll the other Group or user names and leave only Administrator and that will make it so that no one else even see's that folder, right?  

Is there anything else I should consider or do before making this change?
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Question by:rodynetwork
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by:rodynetwork
ID: 35016867
Followup on this, I have "denied" Everyone, Creator Owner and Users (Contuso]Users).  Now when I try to access the folder from my regular computer that I think is an administrator, oh, actually, I see, I am logged on to my regular computer as a user, so that is why I can't see the folder now.  What do I need to do to accomplish the desired result of only me having access to that folder?  Do I set up a new Group or user name to add to this Permissions list?
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by:rodynetwork
ID: 35016914
2nd followup, I added my user name/logon user name to the Permissions list and Allowed full control. Still can't see that folder.
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by:tazwellj
ID: 35016929
If you really want to lock it down to just yourself, remove adminstrator, administrators, users and everyone.  Then add your own user account.  I would highly recommend leaving CREATOR OWNER and SYSTEM as removing these permissions can cause wierd access issues.
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by:rodynetwork
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Ahhh!  Now I can't do anything with the properties on that folder. I don't have access or permission.  Can't open it from my logon on the server as administor or from any other computer. What the heck did I do wrong, or actually, better question is what do I do now to be able to open it again/
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by:Cris Hanna
ID: 35223769
From the Server > right click on the folder > Properties > Security Tab > Advanced button at the bottom
Click the Owner Tab > Click the Edit Button.  If Administrators is listed in the "Change Owner to" bottom box, click on it, then check the box that says "Replace owner on subdirectories and objects" then click on apply at bottom

Now you should be able to edit the permissions

Is this folder shared specifically or is it shared as a subfolder under a higher shared folder?
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by:rodynetwork
ID: 35227440
A window comes up after doing all you said to do...

Error Applying Security:

Z:/HR/Confidentiality.docx

Access is denied

When I clicked the continue button, i get

Windows Security:
If you have just taken ownership of this object, you will need to close and reopen this objects propertieds before you can view or change permissions.


Also thought I would add this. When I try to open the folder, I get this message:

Z:\HR refers to a location that is unavailable.  It could be on a hard drive on tis computer, or on a network.  Check to make sure the disk is properly inserted, or that you are connected to the Internet or your network, and then try again.  If it still cannot be located, the information might have been moved to a different location.

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Cris Hanna earned 500 total points
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Z would appear to be a "mapped" drive?   You should be doing this on the server or on the workstation where the folder actually exists
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by:rodynetwork
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You are a cotton picking genius!
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by:rodynetwork
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