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How to programmatically apply access permissions for Windows Server 2003 built-in groups in the Active Directory directory service

Support for Windows Server 2003 ended on July 14, 2015

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This article was previously published under Q331947
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 introduced several built-in groups to simplify administration of access permissions when the domain is in high-security mode.

By default, the built-in groups have the correct access permissions to the appropriate objects in a new installation of Windows Server 2003 domains. However, in mixed-mode domains and in upgraded domains, some access permissions that were previously selected may not be changed. This issue occurs when a Windows Server 2003 domain controller is added to a Windows 2000 domain. This issue also occurs when a Windows 2000 domain is upgraded to a Windows Server 2003 domain.
The following scripts demonstrate how to grant access permissions to the Token-Groups-Global-And-Universal (TGGAU) attribute for "BUILT-IN\Windows Authentication Access Group."

Visual Basic Script Code (Modifyacl.vbs)

On Error Resume Nextconst ADS_RIGHT_DS_READ_PROP = &H10const ADS_ACETYPE_ACCESS_ALLOWED_OBJECT = &H5const ADS_ACEFLAG_INHERIT_ACE = &H2const ADS_FLAG_OBJECT_TYPE_PRESENT = &H1' Token-Groups-Global-And-Universalconst TOKEN_GROUPS_PROPERTY_GUID = "{46a9b11d-60ae-405a-b7e8-ff8a58d456d2}"' BUILTIN\Windows Authentication Access Groupconst WINDOWS_AUTH_ACCESS_SID = "S-1-5-32-560"Set oArgs = WScript.Argumentsif oArgs.Count <> 1 then   WScript.Echo "Usage: modifyacl.vbs <DN of the object to modify>"   WScript.Echo "Ex:    modifyacl.vbs OU=test,DC=domain,DC=com"   WScript.Quit(1)end ifWScript.Echo "Trying to bind to the object " & oArgs(0)Set oTarget = GetObject( "LDAP://" & oArgs(0) )If (Err.Number <>0 ) Then	WScript.Echo "Error 0x"	+ CStr(Hex(Err.Number)) + " Occurred trying to bind to the object " 	Err.ClearEnd IfWScript.Echo "Reading security descriptor"Set oSD = oTarget.Get( "ntSecurityDescriptor" )Set oACL = oSD.DiscretionaryAclIf (Err.Number<>0 ) Then	WScript.Echo "Error 0x"	+ CStr(Hex(Err.Number)) + " Occurred reading the security descriptor"		Err.ClearEnd IfWScript.Echo "Creating new ACE and setting properties"Set oACE = CreateObject( "AccessControlEntry" )If (Err.Number<>0 ) Then	WScript.Echo "Error 0x"	+ CStr(Hex(Err.Number)) + " Occurred creating new ACE"		Err.ClearEnd If' Right to read properties of the object that is a specific property in this caseoACE.AccessMask = ADS_RIGHT_DS_READ_PROP' Grants access to the object or to the property in particularoACE.AceType = ADS_ACETYPE_ACCESS_ALLOWED_OBJECT' Child objects inherit this access-control entry.oACE.AceFlags = ADS_ACEFLAG_INHERIT_ACE' Token-Groups-Global-And-UniversaloACE.Flags = ADS_FLAG_OBJECT_TYPE_PRESENToACE.ObjectType = TOKEN_GROUPS_PROPERTY_GUID' BUILTIN\Windows Authentication Access GroupoACE.Trustee = WINDOWS_AUTH_ACCESS_SIDWScript.Echo "Applying the modified security descriptor to the object"oACL.AddAce oACEoSD.DiscretionaryAcl = oAcloTarget.Put "ntSecurityDescriptor", oSDoTarget.SetInfoIf (Err.Number<>0 ) Then	WScript.Echo "Error 0x"	+ CStr(Hex(Err.Number)) + " Occurred applying modified security descriptor to the object"		Err.ClearElse		WScript.Echo "Done!"End If
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
331951 Some applications and APIs require access to authorization information on account objects

Article ID: 331947 - Last Review: 12/15/2004 20:38:48 - Revision: 2.1

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
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