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Posted on 2008-10-28
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Modified a folder granted full control to new group set the group everyone to deny! Then backed out that change.  Now lots of files can't be accessed and there is no owner. Any ideas on what happended and how to resolve?
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You must either be a domain administrator, or a local admin on the computer in question.  Take ownership of the folder, then change the permissions.  Make sure you chose to replace permissions on child objects so the change propagates down to everything inside it (just to make sure).

The owner always has full access to the folder, even if Windows gripes that you don't.
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Any reason on why the ownership on newer files was suddenly removed and older files still had owners were not affected and had ownersship as either Administrators or Domain\User?
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Any reason why suddently newer files had no owner and older files had ownership set to Administrators or Domain\user?
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They had owners I am sure.  Windows was probably just hiding them from you because it was told to deny you access.  But being admin and owner is your ace in the hole.  You can tell Windows to block access for users with this level of access, and Windows will even behave as if it's attempting to do so.  But the bottom line is that you cannot block access to the admin/owner of a folder.

If the admin/owner is not in the permissions list, or is specifically set to deny access, you still have access.  You just can't trust what Windows tells you about it until that situation is rectified.
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