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By dave_king ·
I have heard of a simple Freewarer utility that can add a specific user to the security permissions of an NTFS directory sturectur without have to over right the whole directory structure. I am unable to find the utility. Many time i need to add a specific user to many subdirectories, not all of them, and I have to do it one directory at a time. Do you know an easier way?

Thanks for the help
Dave King

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by rmiller In reply to NT Security

Don't know of any utility, it is usually best to assign the rights to a group. Then add the user to the group.

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by dave_king In reply to NT Security

Even if I assign the user to a group and then give the group access, it still doesn't resolve the issue. If I have a subdirectory off of the root, and 15 subdirectories under it and I want to assign a user or a group the change right to 7 of the 15 subdirectories, I would have to first grant the user or group at least read access to the Subdirectory off of the root, NOT check the Box to "Replace Permissions on subdirectories" so I do not overright my current permissions, and then add the user or group to each of the 7 subdirectories with the rights I want. A friend mentioned a utility to add a user or group to the existing permissions of a subdirectory structure, but couldn't remember the name.
Thanks anyway

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by Slora In reply to NT Security

CACLS.exe will do what you want. It is a command line program that is included in NT Server and Workstation in c:\winnt\system32

Make sure you use the /E switch or you will overwrite existing permissions instead of adding or removing specific users or groups from the existing security list. Read http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q131/7/80.asp

Search for CACLS in the KB for more info, other switches, and corrections to the online help.

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by dave_king In reply to NT Security

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by McKayTech In reply to NT Security

I think CACLS is probably the most direct answer for what you want to do, but I just wanted to offer the additional thought that this might also indicate a need to re-think your directory structure.

Generally, I've found that my error rate and maintenance headaches are much less if the directory structure bears some relationship to how the users with access are grouped.

regards!

paul

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by dave_king In reply to NT Security

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by jwildwind In reply to NT Security

I believe the lastest is called XCACLS
A word of warning... test your syntax very carefully on a Dummy Folder 1st. If you are not positioned in the correct folder when you run it you'll be drinking heavily that evening. Also, to cover your ... bases, get a copy of DumpSec from www.somarsoft.com and run an ACL report on the share and subdirs that you intend to Edit. This way, if something does go wrong, you know what the permissions WERE before you changed them.

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