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    Question Cannot Take Ownership

    Hi folks,

    We've had thousands of folders and files created in a common area (by a malevolent student).

    Ordinarily I would just delete them, but I can't. I've tried to set the server administrator as owner, but am getting access denied errors.

    What other options are there if I cannot take ownership?

    TIA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gongalong View Post
    Hi folks,

    We've had thousands of folders and files created in a common area (by a malevolent student).

    Ordinarily I would just delete them, but I can't. I've tried to set the server administrator as owner, but am getting access denied errors.

    What other options are there if I cannot take ownership?

    TIA
    Well shortest fix, reset his password and delete on his account?

    But in terms of taking ownership not sure there is much higher than server admin, unless you're not using domain admin and have local server admin?

    Steve

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    For extra confusion, this area is set with special permissions so students can create but not delete, so even with his account I cannot delete the data.

    Yes, I've tried taking ownership with the domain admin account. I've never come across something before where I cannot take ownership with this account!

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    Unfortunately it's a VM...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gongalong View Post
    Unfortunately it's a VM...
    What O/S?. you still may be able to mount the partition

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    2008 R2. It's a key file server though so I'm somewhat wary of doing anything outside of the OS.

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    Are you trying to take ownership on the server or on another machine via the shared path? If the latter, try logging in to the server and doing it there.

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    Try this in the command prompt on the server.

    takeown /f "C:\folder" /a /r

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    Are you trying to take ownership on the server or on another machine via the shared path? If the latter, try logging in to the server and doing it there.
    This is directly on the server, while logged in as domain admin.
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    Try this in the command prompt on the server.

    takeown /f "C:\folder" /a /r
    This gives many "INFO: Access is denied." errors wrt the various files that I can't seem to take ownership of.

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    It's not the old 100's of folders deep problem is it?

    If the folder tree is that big, try mapping a network drive halfway down the tree and deleting from there - I can't remember if the usual error is access denied or just an error occured.

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    Have you run a chkdisk to make sure it's not a corrupted set of file perms

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    I wondered if it was due to something having grabbed the files, as there is a process that is supposed to clear this area on a nightly basis. I rebooted the server, and it let me delete the files, so problem solved.

    Thanks to all those who replied.

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    Aaagh! I have this again with the same server. Will try rebooting it tonight.

    Tempted to give this a try, as it's proven excellent with Windows 7 UNLOCKER 1.9.1 BY CEDRICK 'NITCH' COLLOMB

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    Unlocker is installed as standard on all our servers! It's Verrry useful!

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