use command to change the owership for all folders

I have a windows Server 2008 R2 being used as a file server. There are about 20 TB files on it.

We would like to use command to change the ownership of all the folders on it, which command should I use?

Jason YuAsked:
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Michael DyerSenior Systems Support AnalystCommented:
The Takeown.exe command is made for this:

You can specify the user to take ownership, and you can use the recursive switch to include subdirectories.
Steve KnightIT ConsultancyCommented:
Only thing I would say is.... why?  The owner of a file is normally going to be the creator and therefore helps to identify who put the file there and for quotas etc.


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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
@Steve, I'd say: "Enables an administrator to recover access to a file that previously was denied, by making the administrator the owner of the file." - another question would be why this is needed ;) Quote if from the tn article above.
Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
I assume when you say 20TB of files you are not meaning the Windows and other system files--taking ownership of all those files and folders will cause problems with Windows. So if this is for non-windows folders I agree with using takeown -- instructions are here
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