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How to best manage folder and file security

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I constantly struggle with deleting folders or files due to permissions.  For example I was testing our backup software and restored a backup of one folder with multiple sub-folders.   I tried to delete the restored folders and every folder except 1 deleted.  Inside the folder that didn't delete were sub-folders.  
I checked the security on the root folder and domain admins and everyone had full permissions.   I checked the box "replace all child object permissions".  When I clicked apply, I got the message "failed to enumerate objects in the container Access denied".  I checked and 3 of the sub-folders that had more sub-folders in them all had the permissions from the root folder.   The last sub-folder displayed "you must have Read permissions to view properties of this object"

This is not uncommon.  So my question is how do I change permissions all the way from the root to all sub-folders without having to do them one at a time?   Is this  Windows issue?
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You need to verify the permissions of the subfolders in question. It could be the admin accounts were actually denied permission. For things like that, that's why you do not want to give users the ability to change the permissions on folders or files. On occasion, permissions do get corrupted, and you're forced to take ownership of the folder in order to fix things. The corruption is unfortunately not really an avoidable thing. You just have to be sure to keep good backups :)
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I seriously doubt any user changed the permissions.  Possible but not likely.  I haven't heard of permissions corruptions.   Good to know.
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That aside, you were doing things right. I'd also recommend generally trying to avoid having subfolders with different permissions and instead try to those instances as separate shares. Can become administratively annoying though.
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