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File Permissions Thru Group Policy

Reader wants to make it easy to set file permissions on a folder.

Q: How can I set file permissions for a user on a folder using Group Policy in Windows Server 2003/2008?

A: You do it by configuring a Group Policy setting. That setting is located under Computer Configuration | Windows Settings | Security Settings | File System. Here's the procedure:

  1. Go to the location in the Group Policy listed above.
  2. Right-click File System.
  3. Click Add File.
  4. In the "Add a file or folder" window, select the folder (or file) for which you want the permissions to be set, and click OK.
  5. In the security box that pops up, you can add a user or a group that needs permission to the folder.
  6. You can also configure permission inheritance if you want. If you decide later to modify the permissions or inheritance, simply right-click the object in the right-hand pane and select Properties.

There's one thing to keep in mind: Although the path to the file or folder is, by default, pointing to the folders on the server, the path is relative to the client to whom this Group Policy will be applied. Simply type the path to the folder in the text box if you don't see the folder you need listed there.

About the Author

Zubair Alexander, MCSE, MCT, MCSA and Microsoft MVP is the founder of SeattlePro Enterprises, an IT training and consulting business. His experience covers a wide range of spectrum: trainer, consultant, systems administrator, security architect, network engineer, author, technical editor, college instructor and public speaker. Zubair holds more than 25 technical certifications and Bachelor of Science degrees in Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Information Systems. His Web site,, is dedicated to technical resources for IT professionals. Zubair may be reached at [email protected].

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