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Domain Admin account not getting expected folder access

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We have noticed when using the domain "administrator" account we can open folders (system and shares) on any server.
When we have an account joined to the domain administrators group it might be denied.  When effective permissions for that account are run, it shows access and FULL control.

There have been no recent changes and we should also not have to "share" folders out to add this user.  If a domain administrator it should have access to shares and non-shares.  Various servers have even denied administrator accounts to folders with schema admin. rights.  The account is listed and effective permissions check out.

Seems odd that the default account works well, but others made for administrators lack some access.

I think my next step is to clone the working account instead of adding a new account  to the administrators group and be careful which OU it is created in.

Thanks in advance for any tips or tools.
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Have you been introduced to the concept of UAC yet? Well, that's it: 1 the admin token gets removed by default, even from a domain admin. 2 the account "administrator" forms an exception.
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you could try disabling UAC via group policy - just for admin group

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/disable-user-account-controluac-for-administrators-only/

might not be best solution - as it will compromise you security :)
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My tip would be that under windows, you can go into folder prroperties and remove every owner from the security tab.
If you do so, even domain administrator cannot browse this folder untill they add themselves as folder's owner !
Try to reset owner and permissions on folders / test with new created folders to see if my tip could match.
Cheers.
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"remove every owner" - there can only be one owner.
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Remove every users in the security tab.
You like playing on words tonight McKnife :)
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Yep.
Well this issue is old and well-known. It's been around since UAC came with vista. That's why many file server admins turn off UAC - it just annoys them.
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I think all the suggestions have merit as I could run into any of these at any time.  Good to know and easy to overlook the simpler fixes at times.
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