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Windows Server 2003 Security: A Technical Reference by Roberta Bragg

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Controlling Access to Files and Folders Using NTFS Permissions

You do not have to use the Windows NTFS file system, but you should. If you do, different permissions can be applied to every file and folder. This is not usually necessary or practical. Instead, if data files are organized in folders according to data sensitivity and by ownership, permissions can be set at the folder level and applied carte blanche to all subfolders and files. If there is a need to modify permission settings within this hierarchy, it can easily be done. The hierarchical nature of the file system allows file permissions set on a top-level folder to be inherited by the files and folders below it. Permission inheritance reduces the burden on the administrator.

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