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This seems like a simple matter, but I can't get it resolved.

Our file server is running Windows Server 2003.  I have a group of seven users who wanted to have their own network share that only they could access.  All seven users would have full control over all files and folders.

So I set up a network share for them, and they moved their folders into it.  Now all hell has broken loose, as some files/folders are inaccessible to some users (I realize now that the objects probably should have been COPIED and not MOVED, but it's too late now).

I tried to add all seven users individually to the parent directory's security tab, but the permissions did not seem to propagate down to the child folders.  So I then created a security group in AD, added all the users to the group (as well as myself), and changed ownership of the top-level directory.  And still... the users are complaining to me that they still can't see each other's files.

How do I set this up?  Again, it's a simple thing in theory:  All seven users should have full control over all the objects in the share.  How hard can this be?
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Go to Security > Advanced at the root of the shared folder and select the option to "Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object" this operation will take a few minutes depending on the number of files but it should replace the permissions with the permissions from the root of the folder.

Also make sure you have the correct share level permissions set to the group.
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Raj, thanks for the tip.  I think I did that already, but I will try it again.  Can you explain a little bit what you meant by, "Also make sure you have the correct share level permissions set to the group."?

Thanks again.
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When you create a network share, you are required to set sharing permissions on the folder. The default is usually full permission to everyone, just check to see if you have applied a more restrictive one here.
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Hi,

Check this

How permissions are handled when you copy and move files and folders
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310316

For Reference:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/server-part-2,846-19.html

Hope that helps :)
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OK, here was the problem.  Unbeknownst to me, one of the users had somehow managed to make a local copy (on her C: drive) of the whole network share.  When she was looking at her local copy, she thought she was looking at the network share.  She was the one who kept complaining to me that none of the changes that she made were visible to any of her co-workers, and her co-workers' changes were not visible to her.

In the meantime, I had been pulling out my hair, trying to figure out what was wrong with the permissions on the share.
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I gave half the points to Raj-GT, because he basically gave the correct answer, although his solution didn't really solve the root of the problem.
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