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    Cannot remove students exe files

    I'm trying to use windows search to go through our students home directories removing any exe files but when I try and delete files found I get:
    'Cannot delete file: Cannot read from source file or disk.'

    Is there a better method for doing this?

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    Re: Cannot remove students exe files

    Server 2003 R2, this will stop them from saving exe files in the first place with the restriction policies.

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    Re: Cannot remove students exe files

    Are you getting you list and using CTRL A and trying to delete them all?

    If so try deleting one at a time or in smaller batches as I had the same thing happen to me the other day.

    Deleting them in smaller batches and individually sorted it.

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    Re: Cannot remove students exe files

    Features in server R2 to do this are very good, I've just enabled them on my servers. Sends me a nice e-mail whenever a kid tries to save an EXE to their area as well, which is good.

    With terms to deleting them, you'll might find this is a security or ownership problem. To recitfy, right hand click, take ownership of the file and add youself to the security list.

    This type of security problem can occur if the students have Full control of their home areas as oppose to just read/write priveledges. Full control allows them to set security so only they can access the file, and make themselves the exclusive owner as well, which poses a problem when we come to delete them!

    Mike.

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    Re: Cannot remove students exe files

    That sounds interesting Tosca, could you quickly explain where I would find this setting please? Is it with the usual Software Restriction Policies?

    Also, as handy as that option would be, I still need to get rid of the exes (and other files extensions when I get round to it) that are already in the drive.

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    Re: Cannot remove students exe files

    Ah, so 2003 R2 is 2003 service pack 2? I was going to wait a little while before deploying this.

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    Re: Cannot remove students exe files

    No. Windows 2003 R2 is an entirely separate product to Windows 2003.

    Service Pack 2 applies to both versions though.

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    Re: Cannot remove students exe files

    So it's like an add-on? I'll have a google now rather than keep disturbing your good selves.

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    Re: Cannot remove students exe files

    I have R2 but not installed it yet, all my servers are Windows 2003 std. does it upgrade the forest when you add aR" server to the domain and how does that effect the non R2 servers, anyone know?

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    Re: Cannot remove students exe files

    Quote Originally Posted by Andi
    I'm trying to use windows search to go through our students home directories removing any exe files but when I try and delete files found I get:
    'Cannot delete file: Cannot read from source file or disk.'

    Is there a better method for doing this?
    the little darlings probably have them zip, rar'ed up

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    Re: Cannot remove students exe files

    You're absolutely right! I've just noticed that the only ones that I can't batch delete are ones inside zip files. They can be deleted individually, which is a pain in the arse, but at least it can be done and I now know why.

    Thanks for all your help everyone, I'll look into that R2 thingamy aswell.

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    Re: Cannot remove students exe files

    Quote Originally Posted by Disease
    I have R2 but not installed it yet, all my servers are Windows 2003 std. does it upgrade the forest when you add aR" server to the domain and how does that effect the non R2 servers, anyone know?
    You have to manually update the Schema to R2 from the R2 CD then you make your R2 server and it all works as happy as larry.

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    Re: Cannot remove students exe files

    Quote Originally Posted by Disease
    I have R2 but not installed it yet, all my servers are Windows 2003 std. does it upgrade the forest when you add aR" server to the domain and how does that effect the non R2 servers, anyone know?
    ...and R2 and non-R2 server's should co-exist fine, so long as the schema has been updated like John mentions.

    Regards
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    Re: Cannot remove students exe files

    Andi

    If you have a lot of these files that are zipped, the easy way to do that if you don't have the R2 option is to right click and select "Open Containing Folder" you can then delete the zip file!!



    Chris

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    Re: Cannot remove students exe files

    Yep, that's what I've been doing.

    Cheers

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