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Restoring files to a Network Drive with NTBACKUP

Article ID: 107391

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q107391


When you use NTBACKUP to restore to a network drive, the user making the network connection must have write privileges to the share, regardless of the directory or file permissions or other rights granted to the user.


When you share a network drive, you have the option of granting or denying users permissions on the share itself. These permissions should not be confused with permissions that may be set on files and directories in an NTFS partition. Share permissions are set in the Shared Directory dialog box by selecting the Permissions button. Users can be granted the following permissions to a share: full control, change, read, and no access. Because these permissions are selected before permissions set on files and directories are selected, they will override file and directory permissions. Share level permissions will also override any rights that would usually allow the user to write to a drive, such as those owned by backup operators.

As a result, a user must have been granted either change or full control permissions to a network share or NTBACKUP will fail to restore files to the share. Once a user has been given the necessary permissions on the share, then whether or not they can restore files to the share will depend on file and directory permissions (if it is NTFS) and if the user has the Restore Files And Directories right.

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