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Need help restoring permissions to folder and all sub directories

Posted on 2014-01-24
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Have  a folder called 2012.  Someone modified the permissions and gave ownership to all sub folders and files to someone that is no longer employed.  Problem is I deleted the user from AD.  I gave permissions to administrators on the root and then added System and Domain admins back to full control and then tried to replicate to all child objects (There are a ton of files and folders) Problem is I get an access denied because there is no owner on any of the folders and files below because it was deleted from AD.  Is there a way to change those permissions without having to touch each and every file/folder etc from top to bottom.  That could take days!

Server is 2008 R2   I am hoping someone has a magic tool or a wand.
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Do you have a server backup with Backup Exec? If so, you can restore the directory and subdirectories and re-apply original permissions (to whatever state they were when the backup was taken).
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I tried to restore the backup.  Problem is they only backed up the Data drive not the OS.  And since the User is no longer there it doesn't care.  However I restore it the permissions are the same on the backup as they are now.  I just need to change each owner on all the files and folders.  Because the Owner no longer exists in AD.
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When you make the permissions changes at the top level directory, have you tried checking the box to apply to all subdirectories? or am I misunderstanding what you want to accomplish?
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Yes thats what I try.  And when I do that.  All the files and folders start coming up access denied (This is when its attempting to change the permissions)  Mainly I believe because none of the files or folders have an"owner"
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I understand now that you tried that and can't because you get access denied, due to the deletion of the owner.

I know that if you copy files to a new volume, permissions are changed to the perms of the new volume, so if you can read the files (which I am not sure you can), try copying them to another server volume where you have rights. Then you should become the "owner". Just a shot...
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Holy crap.  It was so simple.  Its been a long day.  When you take ownership on 2008 there is a little check box that says apply this down.  I missed it several times.  I am an idiot today.  Thank goodness its Friday.  Problem is now resolved since I pushed Ownership down to all objects..  Thank you for your quick response though!!
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What I did corrected the issue.   dalberson pointed me there by asking me questions!
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