Apply Set-ACL settings to all child folders

Alex Warren 161 Reputation points
2021-09-01T22:31:12.887+00:00

Hey all,

I am trying to add something to my image that will solve some program access issues post-deployment. I am trying to run a PS script to set permissions so that everyone can traverse several folders and get to a child folder. I am unable to find how to apply the permissions past the initial folder. Thus far, my script looks like this:

$acl = Get-Acl c:\folder

$AccessRule = New-Object System.Security.AccessControl.FileSystemAccessRule("everyone","ExecuteFile","Allow")

$acl.SetAccessRule($AccessRule)

$acl | Set-Acl c:\folder

I looked up and had tested success with using icacls, but my attempts to make that work with the deployment also failed. So, how can I get the permissions to propagate to all child folders?

All help is appreciated!

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  1. Amandayou-MSFT 11,051 Reputation points
    2021-09-02T07:15:32.23+00:00

    Hi,

    If we would like to traverse several folders and get to a child folder, yes, you are right. The permission of ExecuteFile is required to add into accessrule.

    Besides, these permissions would be added into the rule: ReadData, ReadPermissions, ReadAttributes, ReadExtendedAttributes.

    $acl = Get-Acl c:\folder  
      
    $AccessRule = New-Object System.Security.AccessControl.FileSystemAccessRule("everyone","ExecuteFile", "ContainerInherit,ObjectInherit", "None", "Allow")  
    $acl.addAccessRule($AccessRule)  
    $acl | Set-Acl c:\folder  
      
    $AccessRule = New-Object System.Security.AccessControl.FileSystemAccessRule("everyone","ReadData", "ContainerInherit,ObjectInherit", "None", "Allow")  
    $acl.addAccessRule($AccessRule)  
    $acl | Set-Acl c:\folder  
      
    $AccessRule = New-Object System.Security.AccessControl.FileSystemAccessRule("everyone","ReadPermissions", "ContainerInherit,ObjectInherit", "None", "Allow")  
    $acl.addAccessRule($AccessRule)  
    $acl | Set-Acl c:\folder  
      
    $AccessRule = New-Object System.Security.AccessControl.FileSystemAccessRule("everyone","ReadAttributes", "ContainerInherit,ObjectInherit", "None", "Allow")  
    $acl.addAccessRule($AccessRule)  
    $acl | Set-Acl c:\folder  
      
    $AccessRule = New-Object System.Security.AccessControl.FileSystemAccessRule("everyone","ReadExtendedAttributes", "ContainerInherit,ObjectInherit", "None", "Allow")  
    $acl.addAccessRule($AccessRule)  
    $acl | Set-Acl c:\folder  
    

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  2. Limitless Technology 39,476 Reputation points
    2021-09-03T16:28:18.047+00:00

    Hi @Alex Warren

    Try enabling inheritance on the subfolders. Subfolders need to enable inheritance so that they could apply the access control entries from the parent folder.

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