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Disable Exclusive Rights for roaming profiles

When administrators implement Roaming Profiles they define folder where roaming profile should be stored on fileserver. By default file permissions for the newly generated profile are full control for the user, full control to SYSTEM and no file access for the administrators group. You can not access this profiles with administrator account and clean it up. First you had to take ownership and then you can change ACL, but this is not what you want, because owner should be user.

You can fix this in two steps:

New roaming profile folders

You can change default behaviour on new profile folder creation. It can be changed by applying GPO to domain controllers with following setting Enabled:

Change new roaming profile security

Change ACLs for existing profile folders

This will be in couple steps:

  • Download SubInACL.exe
  • Download PsExec
  • Log into fileserver where profiles are stored
  • Run cmd.exe under SYSTEM account by running command

psexec -sid cmd.exe

  •  In new cmd.exe window go into directory where roaming profiles are stored. For example: cd G:\Profiles\
  • Add BUILTIN\Administrators into ACLs of roaming profiles by running following command:

subinacl /subdirectories=directoriesonly G:\Profiles\*.* /GRANT=Administrators=F

Enjoy accessible roaming profile  folders 🙂


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