?
Solved

Home folder in File server

Posted on 2016-11-16
8
Medium Priority
?
62 Views
Last Modified: 2016-11-21
When I create a user in my AD, it creates a profile in my file server.

Ex.

I created a user named user1

In my file server, there is a shared folder where a profile is created.

\\fileserver\home\user1

under user1 profile it has

Documents
Desktop
Downloads
Pictures

When I am logged in as Administrator in the fileserver itself.  It always gives me an "access denied" error when I try to browse these folders.  Only user1 can access these folders when he is logged in to his profile.

Is there any way where I can access these files/folders when I am logged in to the file server as Administrator?

Hope my question is clear.  Appreciate any help you can extend.

Thank you.
0
Comment
Question by:bongets
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 3
8 Comments
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:Antzs
ID: 41890910
If the Administrator do not have the rights, you wont be able to access the files/folders.  But being the Administrator, you can always take ownership rights and grant yourself access.

Do take note that, by taking ownership you will remove all other rights which is currently assigned to the file/folders.
0
 

Author Comment

by:bongets
ID: 41890917
Thank you for the comment.  This means that taking ownership is not the best solution because i don't want to removed the rights of the owners of these files/folders.

My only reason of wanting to access their folders is i want to create a batch file that will delete all the files older that 1 year.

I believe that when i run this batch file i will only be able to delete all the other folders except for the files/folders under this /home directory.

any idea how will i do that?

Thank you.
0
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:Andy
ID: 41891114
Hi, taking ownership should not destroy the current permissions on the folder. I;ve done this a few times without issues. However, it may depend on the server family.

To be on the safe side, you might prefer to use the command-line tool, takeown, instead of the GUI tools. This tool definitely won't change the permissions.

Try this article for more information regarding command line:
http://superuser.com/questions/356295/how-do-i-give-administrators-access-to-a-folder-without-destroying-current-permi
0
Does Powershell have you tied up in knots?

Managing Active Directory does not always have to be complicated.  If you are spending more time trying instead of doing, then it's time to look at something else. For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why

 

Author Comment

by:bongets
ID: 41892422
Hi,

I tried this command TAKEOWN /A /R /F e:\Home\Folder and I was asked with the below question.

Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you full control ("Y" for YES, "N" for NO, "C" for CANCEL)?

I selected "N" so that I can take the ownership but not destroy the permissions. Then I went to the security option in GUI to give permission to administrator.  however, it is still giving me the access denied in getting the permission.

did I do it wrong or did i missed something?

Thanks.
0
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:Andy
ID: 41892549
Are you now the owner of the folder?
0
 
LVL 7

Accepted Solution

by:
Andy earned 2000 total points
ID: 41892550
If you now have ownership, you can use icacls

icacls c:\folder /grant administrators:f /t

The article below shows the screenshots for this:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/17526/Windows-File-Server-Folder-ownership-problems-and-resolution.html
0
 

Author Comment

by:bongets
ID: 41895372
Thank you.  

I was able to use icacls c:\folder /grant administrators:f /t

but it seems that i have to do it to all of the sub-folders.

from the link you sent i was also trying the subinacl but can't seem to make it work :(
0
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:Andy
ID: 41895491
Hi,

icacls is a great tool  but yeah a pain for subfolders, might be quicker to list all folders and use a batch file.
Good luck!!
0

Featured Post

Is Your AD Toolbox Looking More Like a Toybox?

Managing Active Directory can get complicated.  Often, the native tools for managing AD are just not up to the task.  The largest Active Directory installations in the world have relied on one tool to manage their day-to-day administration tasks: Hyena. Start your trial today.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Did you know that more than 4 billion data records have been recorded as lost or stolen since 2013? It was a staggering number brought to our attention during last week’s ManageEngine webinar, where attendees received a comprehensive look at the ma…
Had a business requirement to store the mobile number in an environmental variable. This is just a quick article on how this was done.
Microsoft Active Directory, the widely used IT infrastructure, is known for its high risk of credential theft. The best way to test your Active Directory’s vulnerabilities to pass-the-ticket, pass-the-hash, privilege escalation, and malware attacks …
There are cases when e.g. an IT administrator wants to have full access and view into selected mailboxes on Exchange server, directly from his own email account in Outlook or Outlook Web Access. This proves useful when for example administrator want…
Suggested Courses

762 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question