Take ownership of folders in Win2008 via command line?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Whiteford, May 4, 2010.

  1. Whiteford

    Whiteford Guest


    I need to take ownership of a huge folder on our Windows 2008 server. I
    have restored 1TB of data but the GUI tool keeps prompting for me to skip
    etc. Can I use a command line tool to five the system account full
    ownership of all files?

    Whiteford, May 4, 2010
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  2. Under Win7 I would use takeown.exe. If this command does not exist under
    Win2008 then you can probably copy it across from a Win7 PC.
    Pegasus [MVP], May 4, 2010
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  3. Whiteford

    Whiteford Guest

    Thanks it does have this tool!

    However when I use it I get the error "info: the current logged on user does
    not have ownership privileges on the file (or folder): ("f:\folderername")


    INFO: Access is denied. ( "f:\foldername" )

    Shouldn't this tool take control?
    Whiteford, May 4, 2010
  4. Whiteford

    Whiteford Guest

    It seemed to work on this folder if I added the "system" account via the GUI
    first then run the takeown tool, how can I then add the "system" account to
    all folders and directories first via the command line then take ownership?
    Whiteford, May 4, 2010
  5. The trusty old cacls command will do it:

    cacls "d:\User Files" /e /t /c /g system:f

    On Windows 7, cacls still works but is deprecated. icacls.exe should be used
    Pegasus [MVP], May 4, 2010
  6. Whiteford

    Whiteford Guest

    I still get access denied on folders if I use:

    cacls "d:\User Files" /e /t /c /g system:f

    Do I need to take ownership first?

    as it is Win2008 should I use icacls instead?
    Whiteford, May 4, 2010
  7. Yes, take ownership first. It is up to you whether you use cacls.exe or
    Pegasus [MVP], May 4, 2010
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