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Folder security in Active Directory

Posted on 2012-04-12
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I have a user that needs access to a subfolder on our shared drive.  I just want her to have access to the subfolder not the anything north of the folder.  Right now I have her added to the subfolder security and not inheriting permissions.  She can't access the folder.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Rich Rumble earned 125 total points
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This can be tricky, you want the traverse folder permission in the advanced security: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/windows-101-know-the-basics-about-ntfs-permissions/6084446
Share and NTFS permissions work in tandem, and they will take the most restrictive permission as it's action, so even if the user is allowed in the NTFS permissions, if they are denied in the share permission's then that will be the action taken. Share permissions are much less verbose than NTFS, and NTFS is where you should be applying most restrictions or permissions to keep things simple, and in case someone also has the logon interactively permission, they can just go straight to that folder if the share permissions are what is keeping them out on the network. Apply most if not all restrictions at the NTFS level.
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by:chakko
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Have you tried to access the folder directly such as \\server\share\folder\subfolder-you-want

or try to map a drive letter using the long/deep path  like;  net use x: \\server\share\folder\subfoler-you-want

and as richrumble already stated, make sure the permissions are not blocking access.
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by:Mike Thomas
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As chakkapo says it might be best to direct her straight into the desired subfolder, maybe with a new share just for that purpose, but if you want to do it the regular way then just just needs to list and traverse all folders above.

And make sure the share permissions are in order not just NTFS.
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by:pwindell
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Forget Drive Letters and "mapping".  The 1990's are over and this isn't Novell

Go directly to the Folder via the Path as Chakko is saying.  \\server\share\folder\subfolder-you-want

It also is not all about Share Permissions.  It is about both Share and NTFS Permissions,...they are two different things.  The Share that the user is comming "though" must allow them Read or Read/Change,...the NTFS Security then have to control it from there.   This stuff can get really complex if you get too picky and complicated about what you want of expect.
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