I have a new server which is joined to our domain. When I try to save a text file in a folder I am getting access denied.

  • I am logged in with a domain admin account
  • I have checked that 'domain admins' is a member of the machine's 'Administrators' group
  • 'Administrators' have full control of the folder in question.
  • I have checked the account I'm logged in as on the 'effective permissions' page and it has full control.

Yet I get access denied when trying to save a text file into the folder. Any ideas?

Edit: I just checked my domain functional level, and it is 2000. Could this be the cause?

  • Is UAC enabled? In which directory are you trying to save this file? Are you launching the text editor using "Run as Administrator"? – jscott May 4 '13 at 9:56
  • It's php.ini in c:\Program Files (x86)\php\v5.4\ But same applies to any folder I haven't created myself. UAC is enabled but that never got in the way before, and it is supposed to prompt me, not just completely deny access. – MrVimes May 4 '13 at 10:00
  • I can save the file if I open it from a notepad or text editor opened as admin, but this is incovenient as I can't right click on the file in explorer and open it from there. I have to open the text editor first and then open the file to do it this way. I should be able to do anything as I am logged in as a domain administrator. – MrVimes May 4 '13 at 10:07
  • UAC won't prompt you from within every app (as you now see) -- if you think you should be able to do "anything" when logged in as an administrator, then you'd need to set UAC to auto-elevate (some people call this "disabling"). Be aware that in 2012+ disabling UAC will prevent many applications from functioning. – jscott May 4 '13 at 10:09
  • I disabled UAC and it let me save, So I guess I will have to put up with having to save the 'long way round'. – MrVimes May 4 '13 at 10:34

Make sure there are no denies in permissions as they will override allow. Test other folders/disks to narrow down where all you are being prevented. Try testing with a user of a separate 'allowed' group. If this is through a network share, verify both the share and file system permissions. Log out and log back in...

  • I checked for denies, there are none. Also I think that would have shown up in the effective permissions as a loss of full control and write and so on. – MrVimes May 4 '13 at 9:11
  • Hmm, can't seem to edit my comment. I was going to add that I'll check the other things. I am unable to add or edit files in any folder on the machine except folders that I create. This is strange because I've created many new servers in recent months and not had this problem. – MrVimes May 4 '13 at 9:18

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