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The Icacls.exe utility that is included with Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 does not support the inheritance bit

Support for Windows Server 2003 ended on July 14, 2015

Microsoft ended support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

SYMPTOMS
On a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, the Icacls.exe utility does not support the inheritance bit. For example, if you save discretionary access control list (DACL) information about a folder by using the /save parameter, and then you update the inheritance bit of this folder, the restore operation restores all DACL information except the update of the inheritance bit.

Therefore, users may have to use other utilities to set the inheritance bit. For example, users may have to use the Xcacls.vbs utility to set the inheritance bit.
RESOLUTION
A hotfix is available to resolve this problem. After you apply this hotfix, the Icacls.exe utility can restore the inheritance bit information successfully.

Additionally, you can set the inheritance bit of files or folders by using the updated Icacls.exe utility together with the /inheritance parameter. For more information, see the following sample:
/inheritance:e|d|r        e - enables inheritance        d - disables inheritance and copy the ACEs        r - remove all inherited ACEs

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To install this hotfix, you must have Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 installed on the computer.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other previously released hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows Server 2003 with SP2, x86-based versions
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Icacls.exe5.2.3790.421340,44802-Jan-200811:30x86
Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Itanium-based versions
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Icacls.exe5.2.3790.421385,50403-Jan-200805:45IA-64SP2Not Applicable
Wicacls.exe5.2.3790.421340,44803-Jan-200805:45x86SP2WOW
Windows Server 2003 with SP2, x64-based versions
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Icacls.exe5.2.3790.421352,22402-Jan-200815:49x64SP2Not Applicable
Wicacls.exe5.2.3790.421340,44802-Jan-200815:49x86SP2WOW
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
MORE INFORMATION
The Icacls.exe utility was introduced in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2. You can use this utility to modify NTFS file system permissions on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2).
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
919240 The Icacls.exe utility is available for Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
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Article ID: 943043 - Last Review: 10/08/2011 13:06:00 - Revision: 2.0

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