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Article ID: 947870 - Last Review: October 8, 2011 - Revision: 3.0

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SYMPTOMS

On a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2), you cannot use the Icacls.exe utility to set the ownership of a file or of a folder.

For example, assume that you run the following command:
icacls.exe c:\folder_name /setowner "domain\user"
In this situation, you receive an error message that resembles the following:
Folder_name: Access is denied.
Successfully processed 0 files; Failed processing 1 files
Notes
  • This issue occurs even when an administrator runs this command.

RESOLUTION

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support (http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support)
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, your computer must be running one of the following operating systems:
  • A 32-bit version of Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • An Itanium-based version of Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • An x64-based version of Windows Server 2003 SP2 or of Windows XP SP2

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other previously released hotfixes.

Registry information

To use this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows Server 2003 with SP 2, x86-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Icacls.exe5.2.3790.424341,47227-Feb-200810:04x86
Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Itanium-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Icacls.exe5.2.3790.424386,52827-Feb-200812:16IA-64SP2Not Applicable
Wicacls.exe5.2.3790.424341,47227-Feb-200812:16x86SP2WOW
Windows Server 2003 with SP2 and Windows XP with SP2, x64-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Icacls.exe5.2.3790.424357,34427-Feb-200812:16x64SP2Not Applicable
Wicacls.exe5.2.3790.424341,47227-Feb-200812:16x86SP2WOW

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

The Icacls.exe utility was introduced in Windows Server 2003 SP2. You can use this utility to modify NTFS file system permissions on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 SP2.

For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
919240  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919240/ ) The Icacls.exe utility is available for Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824684/ ) Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Technical support for x64-based versions of Microsoft Windows

If your hardware came with a Microsoft Windows x64 edition already installed, your hardware manufacturer provides technical support and assistance for the Windows x64 edition. In this case, your hardware manufacturer provides support because a Windows x64 edition was included with your hardware. Your hardware manufacturer might have customized the Windows x64 edition installation by using unique components. Unique components might include specific device drivers or might include optional settings to maximize the performance of the hardware. Microsoft will provide reasonable-effort assistance if you must have technical help with a Windows x64 edition. However, you might have to contact your manufacturer directly. Your manufacturer is best qualified to support the software that your manufacturer installed on the hardware. If you purchased a Windows x64 edition such as a Windows Server 2003 x64 edition separately, contact Microsoft for technical support.

For product information about Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/64bit/default.mspx (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/64bit/default.mspx)
For product information about x64-based versions of Windows Server 2003, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/64bit/x64/default.mspx (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/64bit/x64/default.mspx)

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
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