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Taking ownership of Files on W2K server

By lawrence_daniels ·
Does anyone know of a way to take ownership of all folders/subfolders/files on a W2k server?
I know I can look at securities on each & every object, and take ownership -- but this is very time consuming for large numbes of objects. We are looking for a script that will run thru all objects (as specified) and force an ownership change.

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Select top dir?

by areets In reply to Taking ownership of Files ...

When changing the security permissions, select 'allow inheritable....'

Via Advance button: select both options for 'The permission....


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by lawrence_daniels In reply to Select top dir?

Thanks for the suggestion.

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Taking Ownership

by timwalsh In reply to Taking ownership of Files ...

Or maybe explained a little better:

By default, only the Administrator user account or the Administrators Group have the ability to take ownership of any object.

The Administrator and the current owner of the object CAN give the Take Ownershippermission to specific users/groups.

To take ownership (assuming you have the correct permissions):
Go to the security properties for the top level of objects you wish to take ownership of (if you have multiple partitions/ drives, you will have to do this for each partition/drive); click the Advanced button; choose the Owner tab.

You will be shown the current owner and a list of accounts that permission to take ownership.

Choose the new owner, check the box labeled "Replace owner onsubcontainers and objects" and click Apply.

Using this method, you only need run the process at the drive/partition level, instead of on EVERY object.

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by lawrence_daniels In reply to Taking Ownership

Thanks for the suggestion. Larry

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Taking REAL Ownership of W2K directories

by vze393zf In reply to Taking ownership of Files ...


This article on Microsoft's site contains the exact procedure for taking ownership of any old directory, its subdirectories, and files. you can use this procedure to take ownership of 76 Gig worth of directory and file data if you wanted to...the sky is the limit.

Go to this link.;EN-US;q268019



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by lawrence_daniels In reply to Taking REAL Ownership of ...

Thank you for the link to MS's info on this issue.


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