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    Shared folders becoming unshared

    Hello all,

    We have recently just deployed a file server as we've gone down the ESXi route. What we've found is that folder permissions and shares seem to be changing randomly.

    For example, we have our students home directories on there and they seem to become unshared after some time. We have the problem where our W7 workstations seem to rename the folder to MyDocuments (but not really a big issue if we view by filename). I was wondering if there might be a connection.

    Also we have a shared drives accessible by staff and students, permissions on that seem to be changing, allowing students write access, even though the folder itself says they should not.

    Thanks for any hints and advice.

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    It may not be the cause of your problem; but I have noticed that Windows 2008 will remove any shares if when it boots up it find that a folder that a share point to no longer exists. I don't belive that Windows 2000/2003 behaved this way. It makes sense though in most situations, as on Windows NT/2000/2003 you could potentially end up with a server containing many shares that don't point to anything anymore (taking space in the registry but not actually doing anyway). I just wonder if in your case there is problem with Windows seeing these folder immediately after booting.

    Bruce.

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    We generally dont reboot or shutdown our servers.

    Kind of at a loss.

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    Do your share permissions give Full Access to any user group other than Domain Admins (NOT talking about file/folder permissions here) - most users should only need Change at the most. Also check all share/file/folder permissions above the share root - look for Full Access permissions and remove/lower them if possible to max of Modify/Change.

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