File NTFS security settings disappearing

biofishfreak
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Good day all!
I have a Windows 2003 Server R2 SP2 file server that is has a single folder (that I've encountered thus far) that had, on the greater majority of files, its security settings wiped. This means my user(s) can't access many files, and I have to RDP into the server as administrator, and retake ownership of the file. Sometimes after doing that the permissions reappear, other times I have to re-add everyone (including built-in groups like domain admins.)

Does anyone have any thoughts on what might of caused this, and also any method of reclaiming control of all the files in bulk, as opposed to one-by-one? When I try to populate the parent folder's permissions to children objects, it gives an error for all the files I haven't reclaimed ownership of.

Thanks everyone!
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Adam BrownSenior Systems Admin
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Not sure of what could cause that, but you should be able to claim ownership of all items in a tree by ticking the box next to "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" and taking ownership of the folder at the top of the tree.

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I get the following error when ticking that option. Let me know of any other information you need from me.
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Commented:
That's the Permissions tab. Go to the Owners tab to take ownership before using the permissions tab.

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Doh! Let me see if I can find any files now that haven't been changed manually yet.

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So after looking around a bit, I haven't been able to find any additional files that are having issues. I will comment to this question if it comes up again. This is most likely just me trying to apply rights before taking ownership.

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