System File Permission management in Windows CMD – First steps

An efficient way to set permissions + inheritance on a NTFS is do this by Windows CMD (Batch) rather than by clicking trough all the dialogs like a madman.

Here is a case scenario where the usernames and the foldernames of the users are exact the same.


  • Username: johndoe
  • Foldername: johndoe
  • Domain: sysstem
Define your domain or read it via the predefined variable (%USERDOMAIN%)
Set the location of your directory where the userfolders are located in.
The Script goes through all directories and sets the rights OI (Object Inheritance), CI (Container Inheritance), F (Full Permission).
“inheritance:d” copies the permission of the parent, breaks the inheritance and saves it to all child objects and containers recursivly.

@echo off
setLocal EnableDelayedExpansion
set dir=\fileserver01.sysstem.ataustriaviennausers
set domain=sysstem
set logfile=icacls.log

for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('dir %dir% /b') do (
	echo %%a>>%logfile%
	icacls %dir%%%a /grant %domain%%%a:^(OI^)^(CI^)^(F^) /inheritance:d >> %logfile%
echo See %logfile% for Errors

Here is an overview of how one can set the inheritance.

Microsoft NTFS Permission Inheritance (c) Microsoft (Original URL:

If you are on a Windows Server 2003 SP2 x86 you will need the a patch from the Microsoft-site which will not require a restart since it might be only a simple bytepatch.

I am not sure if I could provide the patch here on my site so here is a link to download this patch. You need to register with an email-address so Microsoft could contact you if they made any changes on the patch.

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