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Cannot Access or Delete Profiles Windows Server 2000 SP4

Posted on 2006-07-14
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I am having issues where I cannot view certain folders within a user’s profile, nor can I delete certain profiles without taking ownership.

If I go to a folder that contains files I need to access of a certain user, I have full control over that folder in the security tab, but get access denied messages when I try to actually go into this user’s folder to get what I need.

I can take ownership of this user’s folder, but then when I am done, the user cannot access their files because the administrator now owns their folder. Question 1, what is the best way to give rights back to the original owner so they can once again access their folder?

Also, is there a way in which I can have full access and the users to have full access simultaneously?
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First of all you don't need to transfer ownership back to the user, you can just leave ownership to yourself but give the user full permissions to the file, then s/he can take ownership back if needed.
However if you really want to transfer ownership back, you cannot do this directly from the file security tab (because according to Microsoft's philosophy ownership can only be taken, not transfered), however you can do this with a 3rd party utility called chown which is available at:
http://wwwthep.physik.uni-mainz.de/~frink/nt.html
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P.S. - Usually administrators have permissions to all files, only if the user explicitly removed their permissions these things happen. Obviously there is a way both you and the user can access the file simultaneously - Open the file's security tab. If you can't change permissions, take ownership of the file (you will need to close and reopen the file properties after that) and add permissions to yourself but don't delete the user's, and if needed add permissions to the user.
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