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Hi,

We are trying to change the folder permissions on a client user profiles and for some unknown reason the permissions aren't filtering through to the sub folders - they can access to main parent folder but 2 folders down it says access denied.

When I add the user permission I am selecting the "replace all existing inherited permissions on all descendants...... but I still have this same problem.

Am I missing something really simple here, never had this problem before.

They are using Windows SBS 2008 and I am logged in as the domain administrator

thanks
Ryan
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1st you need to take folder ownership through advanced NTFS security permissions, then you can flow required users reqquired access from top to bottom with replace option.

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Thanks. So I need to make sure the domain admin is the owner of the top level folder I.e 'userprofiles' or the folder below of the 'username'

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Do not take ownership of folder at top level directly, or else it may wipe out other users permissions and granting you full control permissions
Then you need to go each subfolder (Profiles) and explicitly grant individual users permissions

Insstead you can take ownership of individual user profile folder and then grant user full control permission

If you could try MS tool subinacl to take ownership of userprofiles root folder, it might help as it will not wipe users permissions on sub folder

subinacl /subdirectories "C:\Userprofiles\*" /setowner=domain\domainuser

http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=23510
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Thanks I will give this a go later. Much appreciated.

Ryan
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Hi,

when I run this command I get the following error -

subinacl /subdirectories "D:\UsersProfiles\john" /setowner=domain\administrator

'1337 The Security ID structure is invalid'

Error when checking arguments - D:\UsersProfiles\john


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You need to add \ after directory otherwise it will give error

For Example:
subinacl /noverbose /subdirectories "D:\UsersProfiles\john\" /setowner=domain\administrator

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subinacl /noverbose /subdirectories "D:\UsersProfiles\john\*" /setowner=domain\administrator

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Ok I have done that and the command now works, however when I re run the permissions on the root folder i.e. D:\UsersProfiles\john\ and select replace all existing permissions etc it still doesn't work.

e.g. when I go into the folder one level down - D:\UsersProfiles\john\documents and right click and look at the permissions it has John in the list however no ticks underneath saying he has any permissions
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can you check ownership of "John" Folder
The command will just give you ownership of folder to able to provide permissions
You need to give manual permissions

if its not reflected for your ID, then probably you need to run :

subinacl /noverbose /subdirectories "D:\UsersProfiles\*" /setowner=domain\administrator

This should work.
But it won't gurantee that it will not replace users permissions as well on the sub foders. Normally it don't, but we cannot gurantee it.
If sub folders are less and easily identifyable, then you can take risk.
If permissions got replaced with ownership, you can manually enforce permissions with replace option on sub folders with respective users

Mahesh

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I also had to reset the permission of the level 2 folders.
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