My Desktop is Windows 7 and my Server is Windows 2008 R2...

On my desktop I'm just a standard domain user. On the server I'm part of the Administrators group.

I map a drive to my server in Windows explorer \\xxxx\c$

I then copy a file from my desktop to the server.

When I log into the server and try to modify the file it won't let me. Notepad will popup asking to save as another file. If i go back to my desktop and edit the file through the mapped drive I can do it without a problem.

Is there a way to be able to copy/modify files and folders to the server without having to go in and fix permissions all the time?


  • Have you looked at the permissions on the file on the server to confirm that it is in fact a permissions issue? – joeqwerty Jan 21 '15 at 16:28
  • The file has SYSTEM (Full Control), Administrators (Full Control), Users (Read Execute, Read) The Group Users has MYDOMAIN/Domain Users in it which I pretty sure I'm part of also. So i guess Windows 2008 is picking the lowest policy? – user432024 Jan 21 '15 at 18:19
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    Your problem is UAC. Windows filters your Administrators group membership away from you when the UAC is enabled. – Zoredache Jan 21 '15 at 18:56
  • What are the effective permissions on the file for the user in question? – joeqwerty Jan 21 '15 at 19:23
  • The specific user does not have permissions to the file. But the user is Administrator and also part of the Users groups see above for permissions. UAC on Windows 7 or Windows 2008? – user432024 Jan 21 '15 at 19:57

As Zoredache has said, your problem is UAC while logged on to the server.

You can run Notepad as Administrator (find the Notepad icon in the Start menu, Right-click it and select Run as administrator), then open the file in question via File -> Open. This will allow you to save the file to it's current location.

An alternative would be to create a folder in the root of C:\, set permissions the way you want, making sure to force inheritance for children, and copy your files there.

  • Yeah but I don't want to do this all the time. The whole point of me being Administrator on the machine is so I can modify the file. Not do magic voodoo (set permissions or run as admin) all the time I copy files over or create new folders. I'm logged into the physical machine so why have to do all that? – user432024 Jan 23 '15 at 20:10
  • Actually the whole point of being Administrator on the server is so that you can perform tasks which regular users cannot (install and manage roles and features). You can edit the files in question, but need to abide by the security policies and framework to do so. Besides, you don't really need to log on to the actual machine to do it. You say you can edit the file without UAC prompts or being asked to save it to a new location when you do it from your PC, so why not just do that? – GregL Jan 24 '15 at 19:34

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