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Special Edition Using Microsoft Active Directory by James Hudson, Sean Fullerton

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Troubleshooting Permissions

Permissions problems usually come in two flavors. Either the user can do something he shouldn't, or he can't do something he should. This section looks at some techniques and tools for troubleshooting permissions.

The Basics

The basics of troubleshooting permissions are not glamorous. A certain amount of simply poking around, trying various tasks, and looking for patterns is involved. An organized approach to this, however, follows a certain pattern. The following list is a good place to start when trying to resolve why a user can or can't touch certain objects.

The first thing to do when troubleshooting a user's permissions is to make a list of all the groups of which he is a member. This might not be trivial in an ...

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