Folder/File Permissions



I have walked into a new position with a company and their Windows 2003
Server which houses all data files for the organization has major folder/file
permission issues. An example of the problem would be I want to be able to
have a user create a folder on a shared drive and then give certain users
access also I would like for those permissions to propegate themselves to all
sub folders within that one. We are unable to do this currently. All data
files are on drive m:/ of the server which contains 4 shares that some users
have access to. I dont know if the permission issues is on the root of M:/
or further down the line. Have tried everything I've done in the past with
no success. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!

If anyone knows of a step by step folder/file permissions link dealing with
inheritable permissions which I think is part of my issues please send them

Thank you in advance!




My feelings are that it's better if possible to control access by way of
share permissions.

The situation you describe here is typical of the problems that develop when
filesystem permissions are used on shared resources, and no documentation
exists as to exactly what permissions have been set. If inheritance has been
blocked or inappropriate Deny permissions set, then you may run-into all
kinds of snags, like the Administrator being unable to copy files, for
example. This could even lead to data-loss through manual backups failing.

To resolve the problems you may have to forcibly take ownership of the whole
filesystem as Administrator, then set Everyone/Full Control permissions from
the top down. You need to make this replace existing permissions, not just
add, so that any rogue Deny items are purged. That is often the only way to
unravel a situation that's got into a mess. Unfortunately this leaves you
with no idea who created individual files as the ownership is removed.

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