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Administrator access problems after upgrading from workgroup to domain

My previous Window 2000 Server was configured as a workgroup with 10 workstations connected to it. I recently upgraded it all to a domain. However, when I log in as the domain administrator, I am unable to change the permission for certain folders and files. I can't even access them even though I am the administrator. What's up with that?

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While you are logged in as the administrator, take ownership of the objects in question. Then re-define their permission settings. Once that is completed, you will be able to perform whatever you need on them. To take ownership, open the Properties for the file or folder (or multiple selected items simultaneously), select the Security tab, click Advanced, select Owner tab, select the Admin account from the list, mark the "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects", then click OK on all open dialog boxes.

This was first published in January 2004

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