taking ownership

What is taking ownership in computer network context. Find it in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is Taking Ownership?

Assuming ownership of an object - usually a file or a folder - on an NTFS volume and thereby gaining the right to share the object and assign permissions to it. The user who creates a file or folder on an NTFS volume is the owner. To take ownership of a file or a folder that you do not own, you must have one of the following:

  • Membership in the Administrators local group
  • NTFS full control permission on the object
  • NTFS special permission O (taking ownership) on the object
  • NTFS special permission P (change permission) on the object, so that you can give yourself O permission
NOTE

Ownership can be taken, but it cannot be assigned.

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