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Folder has lost owner and cannot be changed or delete

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I have a 2008 R2 server that has a file folder that has somehow lost its owner.  It reads unable to display owner.  I cannot change the owner as local admin or domain admin.  I am fine just deleting the folder however without a valid owner it will not let me.  I have already tried takeown and that will not work either.
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by:Larry Struckmeyer MVP
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Hi:

Just checking:  while logged on to the Server at the console if you right click the folder - security - advanced can you modify the permissions, take ownership or add or block inherited permissions?
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by:Davis McCarn
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ICACLS <foldername> /setowner <Username>  /t /c <enter>

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753525(v=ws.10).aspx
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by:dan_blagut
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Or you can try to boot using an live CD and delete the folder this way, or maybe to copy all files on a FAT32 partition (that will remove all security description from files and folders)

Dan
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magarner earned 0 total points
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I am not sure how to close this question - prior to receiving the suggestions above we rebooted the server overnight and that proper permissions returned to the folder.
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Reboot fixed the problem
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