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Windows Server 2012 R2 group permissions

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Hello all,

I feel this should be a simple thing, but I cannot seem to figure out what's going on. I have a new instance of W2K12R2 setup, and it seems that having a user in the Administrators group doesn't actually give it Administrative permissions.

For example, in a folder called C:\Program Files\Test, I have just the SYSTEM user and the Administrators group defined with full control. Inheritance is not enabled, and my user account I'm logged on with is in the Administrators group. Despite this, I cannot access anything in Test unless I explicitly give my account Full control on this folder, even though I'm in the Administrators group.

When I click on the folder I will get a message informing me that "You don't currently have permission to access this folder. Click continue to permanently get access to this folder." When I click Continue, I get the access I need. When I look at the security properties, I notice it has added my account directly to the folder.

What am I doing wrong here?

Thanks,
James
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by:Mahesh
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It looks like User access control (UAC) issue since you are trying to access folder in root drive under sensitive folder (program files)

Just Turn off UAC from control panel \ gpedit.msc on 2012 r2 server, reboot and test if you are able to access without prompt.
Specially, disable all admin approval mode and "switch secure desktop" UAC settings from gpedit.msc  

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by:JLankford
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Thanks for the response Mahesh; however I had already tried that. I even tried the same scenario with the Test folder under the root of the C: drive with the same results. I even created a D: drive, but the test folder there and still get the same results.
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by:JLankford
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I apologize for the delay in follow-up - sort of got pulled away from this for several days. I had not seen the article above; that was very good information. I have made the recommended changes per the article. I will see how the server behaves over the next few days before marking this as resolved.

Thanks for the response Mahesh!

James
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