timms, that resolves per folder or file but that does not solve my problem. My problem is that the ownership shows up as "administrators" in all my drives regardless of what they are. SO it looks like it is by default.
Here's Microsoft's rationale for this behavior (on XP anyway - basically, they figure that if you're an admin doing stuff on the machine, another user who's an admin probably would need to muck with the files):
On XP this was controlled by a local group policy setting that was removed in Vista (so it's not in Win7 either):
Vista changed this for reasons (and ways) that I don't fully comprehend:
Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 do not support this setting any longer. When enabled, User Account Control (UAC) will ensure the user account is being used as owner for all objects created locally. For remote access, the administrators group will be used there is no restricted token for network sessions.
It sounds like it's saying that if UAC is enabled you'll get the behavior you want (do you have UAC disabled?). If that's the case, it doesn't say how you'd get the behavior you want while UAC is disabled.
There's a Server Fault question about this stuff (http://serverfault.com/qu...-it-giving-ownership-to-t
), and the answer that discusses the situation on Vista and later
behavior seems to explain things a little better, or at least differently. But I'll confess to still being somewhat confused. Since my head is starting to hurt, I'll leave it to you to understand better...