There exists a folder in my system with a number of files in it. SYST is a user of the folder with all permissions. SYST had access to all files of the folder. But somehow, now there exists no user named SYST for a number of files in the folder.

How can I grant access permission for SYST to these files in the folder. Granting permission individually to each file is a tedious task.

Is there any other method apart from using icacls?

  • If you go to the security tab on the folder, then advanced > change permissions (if newer than XP, 2003) > Replace all child object permissions with.... that will then push the folder level permissions to all files and folders below if that is what you want... – CharlesH Sep 12 '14 at 9:10
  • @CharlesH : Thank you so much. Exactly what I wanted.. But still, The folder is in server and so giving permission this way will be a bit risky it seems. Is there any other option too? – Jackzz Sep 12 '14 at 9:24
  • it is risky as with most permission changes. There are other options but as far as I'm aware your back to icacls which can be tricky... – CharlesH Sep 12 '14 at 9:44
  • @CharlesH : Ok. Thanks for your great help. I just saw certain options like takeown, Set-Acl, etc. similar to icacls. But it seems there also each file is to considered individually. – Jackzz Sep 12 '14 at 9:55
  • Well I know from the folder you could use ' icacls * /grant SYST:(F) ' however I think this recurses so would also affect subfolders and files in subfolders.... – CharlesH Sep 12 '14 at 9:59

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