On server1 I have E:\data\ that contains the home folders and shared department folders in it. Everyone has full share rights, then the rights are restricted appropriately through NTFS permissions.

When I connect to the share \\server1\data\ from a test user, everything works correctly and shows up as it should.

So then I set up a replication group to replicate E:\data from server1 to server2 E:\data. I wait about 10 minutes or so and see that everything has been replicated correctly. E:\data on server2 has everything, and the NTFS permissions are there. So it's copying the NTFS permissions from server1 correctly, or so it appears.

I then share server2 E:\data - the same way I did with server1 - everyone has full control. With the NTFS permissions restricting what they can see.

The problem is that when the same test user, connects to the share \\server2\data, for some reason the test user can see and has full rights to everything... even though I verified that E:\data on server2 has the correct NTFS permissions, replicated from server1.

So basically, on the second server, even though it appears everything is replicating correctly, the permissions aren't working. It's like they're there but aren't being used somehow?

Here is a screenshot of a folder where the user shouldn't have access: enter image description here

  • What version of Windows on the file servers?
    – pauska
    Feb 6, 2014 at 13:49
  • This is a server 2012 test environment.
    – Jeremy
    Feb 6, 2014 at 14:03

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I'm suspecting that you don't have Access-Based Enumeration enabled on the secondary server, and this gives you the notion of the users having full access to everything. DFS-R does replicate the NTFS settings over (unless you muck around with NTFS settings on the primary folder BEFORE syncing).

ABE is something you normally only configure on the DFS share, as users are pointed against those instead of directly accessing a server.

Please check the following setting: enter image description here

EDIT after a longer comment discussion below

The local Users group have access to the folder, which also grants "Domain Users" access to it (they're joined).

  • ABE is enabled for the entire namespace through the DFS Management utility, but I also went to the share on server2 and enabled ABE there as well. Seemed to have no affect. But also, it's not just that they can see everything. This test user should have 0 rights to a certain folder, but I can rename it, delete it, create new things inside of it...
    – Jeremy
    Feb 6, 2014 at 14:01
  • @Jeremy are you using creator owner on these shares? If so, check the owner of the folder(s)
    – pauska
    Feb 6, 2014 at 14:08
  • the creator owner permission is still in there yes, I didn't remove it. But I verified that the owner on all of these folders is the local server1\administrator account.
    – Jeremy
    Feb 6, 2014 at 14:13
  • @Jeremy this really doesn't make any sense.. can you provide a screenshot of the advanced NTFS rights on one of the folders where the user shouldn't have access?
    – pauska
    Feb 6, 2014 at 15:25
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    @Jeremy Domain Users is a member of the local "Users" group on domain-joined clients/servers. Same goes for the Administrators group.
    – pauska
    Feb 6, 2014 at 17:14

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