IFS folders are suddenly read-only from XP client

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Has anyone else had a problem with IFS folders where they have suddenly gone to read-only when accessing them from an XP client using WIndows Explorer and UNC or mapped network drive. Checking the folder permissions on the iSeries shows that public has all rights, but the properties on the PC show the folder as read-only. Removing the check from the read-only box makes no difference, and the check re-appears. Using an FTP client with the same AS400 credentials works, we are able to write files to the folder. Looking in the attributes of the IFS ROOT show that the read-only attribute is set to YES. However this has not been changed (as far as I know, and I am one of only 2 people in the company who would have access to do that). What are other people's systems attributes set to? I am in the same location as the iSeries so we're not going through firewalls etc.
ASKED: July 2, 2009  11:04 AM
UPDATED: July 8, 2009  10:01 AM

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If you have LDAP configured to use the users Windows password, the password must match the iSeries pwd. If the pwd was changed on one platform and not the other the user will loose access to the folders.

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  • djac
    We can still access the folders, it's just that they are now showing in Windows as read-only. We use different ID/password for mapping/navigating to IFS folders, this is how it has always been on this system, we haven't changed anything on the AS/400 side. All folder permissions are as they should be.
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  • mcl
    Nothing new on the AS/400 - like you applied PTF's or something? Other than that, have you (as in your company) recently made changes to security policies on the Windows side?
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  • graybeard52
    I had this problem once. The iSeries didn't like mixed case passwords - all upper or all lower case worked fine. This was fixed in a PTF quite a while back. I also remember having this problem due to another XP vs ISeries issues, related to "shares". Also, check for IFS Guest account ("netserver?") to see if it gives read access. FWIW: My IFS folders are NOT marked "read-only"
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  • pdraebel
    If you have Operations Navigator installed you could check the connections to the Windows Netserver. Expand the system, Network, Servers, TCP/IP and than double click on iSeries Netserver. Some accounts could be disabled for Netserver. This is not related to the OS profile.
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  • djac
    Looks like we found the answer. When we access the folder via the root share we only get read-only because root is shared read-only. When we share the target folder explicitly with read/write and access THAT share directly (map a drive or navigate through Windows Explorer) everything is fully accessible. I am sure we used to be able to navigate the folder structure from root downwards with all access (where permissions allowed), but I don't know when this changed so I cannot say what brought the change about. Perhaps there has been a Windows update which 'fixed' an issue where the iSeries share access wasn't enforced correctly.....
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  • djac
    Forgot to say.... thanks for all the input....
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