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Preserve file and folder rights

Force Windows to preserve a file or folder with current permissions instead of inherited permissions.

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When you copy or move a file or folder to another volume, the object inherits the permissions of its new folder. The setting described below lets you force Windows to preserve the current permissions instead.

Download SMS Installer Script:
Windows Versions Supported: Windows NT/2000/XP

User Key:

Value Name: ForceCopyAclwithFile (DWORD)

Data Values: 0 = default, 1 = preserve original permissions

=====Begin Script
item: Edit Registry
Total Keys=1
New Value=1
Value Name=ForceCopyAclwithFile
Data Type=3
=====End Script


Rod Trent, manager of and a Microsoft MVP, is an expert on Microsoft Systems Management Server. He has more than 18 years of IT experience -- eight of which have been dedicated to SMS. He is the author of Microsoft SMS Installer, Admin911: SMS, and IIS 5.0: A Beginner's Guide and has written thousands of articles on technology topics. 

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