Mysterious permissions issue on Win2k3 server

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Windows Server Permissions
The setting: small high school computer lab; new server with Win Server 2003 installed; it is a member of the domain; I log into it using domain admin credentials. So far no problem. I download an exe or bat file onto the desktop (or anywhere on the drive). I check properties of the file. Security - admin has full control. But when I try to run the executable I get a message "Windows cannot access the specified device..you may not have the appropriate permissions." I have tried several different files, both on the desktop and in folders at the root of the C drive. Same message. BUT...if I copy the file to a flash drive and run from there, it will work without complaint. Any ideas what's going on? It's driving me crazy!
ASKED: October 21, 2009  4:26 PM
UPDATED: October 22, 2009  12:22 PM

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Mshen 23155 pts. | Oct 21 2009 10:06PM GMT

Server 2003 blocks executable files that were transfered from other computers.

1. Right click on the file and click on properties.
2. At the bottom of the general tab, click on the Unblock button.

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  • Britinga
    No; this behavior manifested itself before A-V software was installed. Which was in fact done from CD - so it seems that only if the executable is on an external drive can it be installed.
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  • Syphun
    Strange to hear. I've never experienced anything like this before. Did the new server come pre-installed or did you install it yourself. What file system is the drive on? NTFS i suppose. . . . I guess you should re-install if nothing tangible comes up here.
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  • mshen
    Server 2003 blocks executable files that were transfered from other computers. 1. Right click on the file and click on properties. 2. At the bottom of the general tab, click on the Unblock button.
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  • Britinga
    The "Unblock" worked - thank you. I don't know how I've never come across that feature before.
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