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Best way to take ownership of entire drive?

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I am working on an inherited server, Windows 2003 STD, and whoever managed it before removed the local admin group from several of the folders, completely randomly placed.

I tried manually taking ownership through the security tab but it keeps erring on certain folders.
What I need help with is the best way to take ownership with the local admin group and add the local admin group to the ACL of everything on the drive without getting errors every 5 seconds.
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by:ewkelly
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You should be able to see who has full control of those folders. Try logging in as that entity and grant yourself permission.


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by:REIUSA
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That's part of the problem, the domains admins group for the old domain has admin access to the folders and I don't have a way to use an account in that domain. I can get access by using local admin but its more of a pain because i have to take ownership.
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by:ewkelly
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If the local admin account takes ownership of the entire drive, then you can give rights back to the new domainadmin group. Only two steps.
 
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by:REIUSA
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The problem I am having though is when I try to take owner ship it stops with a message every time it hits a folder that has removed inheritance. I guess I am trying to see if there is a way to force owner ship without stopping the process. It takes a long time on big drives so I would like to start a process or script and then check it the next morning and not have to worry about it stopping 20 times.
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by:irwinpks
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Have you run the process in SAFE MODE?
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Mohamed Osama earned 2000 total points
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I have done this before on server 2003 using the Fileacl utility
http://www.gbordier.com/gbtools/fileacl.asp
for an example on using fileacl to take ownership of a folder tree,please check last post below 
http://www.mombu.com/microsoft/windows-file-system/t-recursively-take-ownership-from-command-line-script-814215.html
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by:REIUSA
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Thanks, i will give this a shot.
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