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Administrators were denied access to a NTFS folder. After I made Administrators the folder owner a user complained that they could no longer access the folder. The only way I think this would have happened was if they were the former owner and the ACL was empty. What else might have caused this?

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Are you going to tell us what the permissions are set to or do you want us to just take a guess? – John Gardeniers Jul 20 '11 at 8:23
If Administrators were denied access and you took ownership of the folder, the DACL will have been replaced. You will need to reconfigure the ACL entries to grant access to users requiring access. – Lewis Jul 20 '11 at 8:54
@John - I don't understand the question – zen Jul 20 '11 at 14:25
@Lewis - What do you mean the DACL will have been replaced? The DACL on other folders I changed the owner seems intact or at least there are ACEs in them. – zen Jul 20 '11 at 14:34
If you are denied access to a folder which you then choose to take ownership of, all permissions are replaced. You should have received a warning message saying: You do not have permission to read the contents of directory DIRECTORY folder. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control? All permissions will be replaced if you press Yes. – Lewis Jul 20 '11 at 14:50

you're removing special ACL for "Owner", you need to duplicate it manually before taking ownership

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