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By NatCat ·
I have a folder which i inadvertantly setup sharing and NTFS permissions. After realising that the sharing was unnecessary I unshared the folder leaving the NTFS permissions intact.

Since then the users complain the files are all read only. THoseusers are in a group that have Full control to everything in the folder and I can simply from the users machine select any document properties and add the WRITE permission.

I have given the appropriate users FULL CONTROL of the folder, so why arecertain documents read only ?

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by SLASH1 In reply to permissions problems

Check to see if the check box at the bottom of the security tab of the folders properties , to allow inheritable permissions from parent to propogate to this object is checked.

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by NatCat In reply to permissions problems

Its checked. Yet there are still certain files whose permissions I can't set when I try to reset the permissions for all files in the folder.

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by curlergirl In reply to permissions problems

If the permissions on the individual files were changed or manually set at some point in the past, so that the "automatically inherit" check box is unchecked, then changing the top-level folder permissions will not affect the file-level permissions. You can change them all at one time to allow inheritance by highlighting all files, right click and go to properties, then the security tab. If the files have different security settings, you'll get a message asking if you want to reset permissions for all of the files. Say yes, and this will give you a security settings dialog that will take effect for all files in the folder. If you select the "automatically inherit" box there, it should fix your problem. Hope this helps!

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by NatCat In reply to permissions problems

That makes perfect sense but when I try it, I'm told I don't have permission to change the permission of file X, do I want to continue.
I don't want to think I'll have to go to each file indvidually but its looking as though I have no choice.

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by bigwon20 In reply to permissions problems

THEY MAY BE MEMBERS OF ANOTHER FOLDER THAT YOU DENIED PERMISSIONS. SO DENYS OVERRIDES THE ALLOW PERMISSIONS. SO DOUBLE CHECK TO SEE IF YOU HAVE THEM CORRECT PERMISSIONS AND ALSO CHECK THE GROUPS THAT THE USER IS A MEMBER OF. THAT MAYBE YOUR PROMBLEM..

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by NatCat In reply to permissions problems

Thanks, but there are only 2 groups allowed access to the folder. I have not set any deny permissions only removed the everyone group.

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by curlergirl In reply to permissions problems

OK - looking at your response to my last answer, it looks like some other user has taken ownership of some or all of the files in these folders. In that case, you need to take ownership back as Administrator and then you can edit the permissions asdescribed. I believe you can do this on all of the files at once, in the same way as you can with the NTFS permissions. Highlight all of the files and open the Properties/Security tab, then click on the Advanced button and go to the Owner tab. Select Administrator (or your logon if you are logged on as yourself) to take ownership. Once you've done that, there shouldn't be anything to prevent you from changing any permissions on any of the files. In future, remember that if you give any group (including the Everyone group) FULL CONTROL permissions to any files or folders, then they can take ownership and change the NTFS permissions at will (if they know or are curious enough to figure out how, of course). Hope this helps!

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by curlergirl In reply to permissions problems

Of course, the other thing to check has nothing to do with NTFS permissions, and that is whether the attributes of the file are actually set to read only. This can also be done by anyone who has full control permissions to files and folders. This property is on the General tab of the file properties and can be edited en masse in the same way by highlighting a group of files at once, or for a whole folder by going to the properties of the folder, changing it there, and then clicking the box toreset all of the files in the folder and subfolders. Hope this helps!

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by NatCat In reply to permissions problems

Thanks. Your suggestion worked but I had to assign ownership at the client computers TO administrator. Then everything was smooth sailing after that.
And Yes I'll remember to take off the appropriate permissions ;-).

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