NTFS Permissions Inheritance Changes in Windows Vista, 2008, and 7

by Chris Sanders [Published on 17 Feb. 2011 / Last Updated on 31 Dec. 2009]

If it’s been a while since you last studied NTFS permissions inheritance then there is one change you will want to be aware of.

If you haven’t studied NTFS permissions in the past few years then that means not only do you need to update your MCSE, but you need to be aware of one change in a fundamental inheritance rule.

Previously, when moving a file or folder to another location on the same physical disk, the file/folder would retain the permissions from its original location. This changes when Windows Vista was released and had remained changes in Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7. Now, a file/folder will automatically inherit the permissions of its new location when being moved to a new location on the same physical disk.

The Author — Chris Sanders

Chris Sanders is a network security analyst for EWA Government Systems Inc. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at www.chrissanders.org contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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