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Manage Windows files and folder security permissions via command line




On Windows 7, Windows 8 and even Windows 2012, icacls.exe can be used to manage files and folder security permissions using command line.

Don't experiment on the production environment unless you know what you are doing.

Below are some examples on how to manage files and folder security permissions using command line in Windows.

Type, icacls  /?  To show examples and other options via command prompt.

Gives Full access to the folder specified on the path.
icacls "d:\public notes" /grant domain_name\everyone:F

Gives Read access only to the folder specified on the path.
icacls "d:\public notes" /grant domain_name\everyone:R


Gives Read and Execute access to the folder specified on the path.
icacls "d:\public notes" /grant domain_name\everyone:RX

Gives Read and Write access to the folder specified on the path.
icacls "d:\public notes" /grant domain_name\everyone:(WDAC)


Gives Read, Delete and Write access to the folder specified on the path.
icacls "d:\public notes" /grant domain_name\everyone:(D,WDAC)


Gives Read access only to ".docx" files on path specified.
icacls "d:\public notes\*.docx" /grant domain_name\everyone:R

Gives Read access only to ".xlsx" files on path specified.
icacls "d:\public notes\*xlsx" /grant domain_name\everyone:R

Gives Full access  to every files files on path specified.
icacls "d:\public notes\*.*" /grant domain_name\everyone:F

Deny Access:

icacls "d:\my high profile notes" /deny domain_name\user_name:R

Sample output:
processed file: d:\my high profile notes
Successfully processed 1 files; Failed processing 0 files

 
icacls "d:\my high profile notes\*.docx" /deny domain_name\user_name:R


Subinacl on Windows 2003 Resource kit tools is quite handy as well to manage files and folder security permissions.


Cheers.Hope it helps..


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