Server 2008 R2 UAC: can't get accurate folder sizes
Posted on 2013-01-23
I have Server 2008 R2 running as a file server. Logged in as a domain admin, I right-click the top level file folder and select "properties." It tells me the numbers of files and folders contained, and says it is taking up 10GB on disk. I know there is at least a TB stored in the folder by looking at the volume info listed in My Computer.
It seems Server 2008 R2 limits what it reports based on UAC. Several times I have tried to open the sub-folders in that main folder and get the prompt: "You don't have permission to access this folder. Click continue to permanently get access to this folder." Once I have access to that folder, it will then include those contents in the totals when right-clicking it and asking for properties.
I have disabled the feature in secpol.msc. I have dropped the slider in control panel to "never notify", and I even looked in the tools tab of msconfig. Even after reboots, I still get those messages and I can't do things as simple as seeing how much data is stored in a folder. Foolish configuration by MS.
How do I tun this feature off entirely?