What is the Backup Operator?

Created on 2003-02-25 by Rainer Gerhards.

Members can use Windows Backup to back up and restore the computer regardless of file system security.

A member of the Backup Operators group can extract files and directories for which the user would normally not have access. Membership in this group permits users to open any file for backup purposes, however, once the file has been opened for read access it can be redirected by the Backup Operator to any location.

By default, users are allowed to backup and restore files for which they have the appropriate file and directory permissions without requiring membership in the Backup Operators group.

The Administrator account already has full backup rights.

This information was verified with Windows 2000.


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