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User can't read files on a shared directory in Windows 2000 network

I put a document in a shared directory on a file server on a Windows 2000 network. One of my users is unable to access that file. What are the possible reasons why the user cannot read the file?

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If the file is located on an NTFS-formatted drive, the user's permissions on that file will be as follows:

1. Take the least restrictive share permission assigned to that user, either directly or through group membership. So if a user has been directly assigned the READ share permission, and is a member of a group that has been assigned the CHANGE permission, their effective Share permission is CHANGE.

2. Take the least restrictive NTFS permission assigned to that user, either directly or through group membership. So if a user has been directly assigned the READ NTFS permission, and is a member of a group that has been assigned the FULL CONTROL permission, their effective Share permission is FULL CONTROL.

3. Take the MOST restrictive permission between the effective permissions in steps 1 & 2. So if a user's effective share permission is CHANGE and their effective NTFS permission is FULL CONTROL, their permission on the file is CHANGE.

You should also look for any "Deny" settings that could be preventing the user from accessing the file, since a "Deny" entry in an Access Control List will override any other permissions that have been directly assigned.

This was first published in February 2005

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