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How do I enable inheritance for users roaming profile directories automatically (Profiles.V2, Profiles.V6)?

Bernhard Lutz

I have a problem with our roaming profiles ntfs permissions. We backup our users profiles daily, but when I create a new AD account and the user logs on, the users profile directory (Profiles.V2, V5, V6) created, do not inherit the folder permissions which should contain the backup service account read permissions for this folder. The permissions on the parent folder are correctly set. How can i enable inheritance without the need to do this manually for each user profile directory?

Thank you in advance.
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Distinguished Expert 2018
Sounds like the wrong way to solve the problem.

The backup service account should be granted the "backup operators" group or the 'back up files and directories" User Rights Assignment security policy.

The backup program should be using supported Windows APIs to do its backup.  

If both of those are true then the backup program is will successful back up data without special permissions being granted at the directory level.  This is *by design* and most major backup programs handle this properly.
Bernhard LutzSystemadministrator / IT Security Administrator


Hi Cliff,

thank you for your help. Now I have added the service account to the backup operators group in AD and also on the file server, but the backup application states that access to the share is denied. What could be the problem?
Distinguished Expert 2018

That depends on the backup program being used, whether the default security policies have been tampered with, etc. Try doing a windows server backup (the built-in backup) and see if it works. If it does then you'll need to reach out to your backup vendor.