Recursively add permissions to a users home folder with icacls

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First you’re most likely going to need to take ownership of the data before you will be able to set the perms, my preferred method is to use takeown.

takeown /F ROOT_FOLDER /A /R /D /Y

/F           filename        Specifies the filename or directory
                             name pattern. Wildcard "*" can be used
                             to specify the pattern. Allows
                             sharename\filename.

/A                           Gives ownership to the administrators
                             group instead of the current user.

/R                           Recurse: instructs tool to operate on
                             files in specified directory and all
                             subdirectories.

/D           prompt          Default answer used when the current user
                             does not have the "list folder" permission
                             on a directory.  This occurs while operating
                             recursively (/R) on sub-directories. Valid
                             values "Y" to take ownership or "N" to skip.

Once you have taken control you can then set the perms with the below.

icacls ROOT_FOLDER /grant DOMAIN\USER:F /t

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