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    Showing metadata in Windows Explorer ?

    One of the bug bears in managing networks is trying to clean out unwanted files. Often we want to delete a file but we know someone in the organisation wants to keep it. It can be hard to find who that person is when the files are stored according to subjects (rather than users). Sometimes a number of people across the organisation will have an interest in keeping the file.

    (1) Is there a way of showing the names of file owners in the Windows Explorer or some other simple tool ?
    (2) Is there a way of showing names of interested users (who aren't the owner) ?
    (3) How can users take over ownership or express 'interest' ?

    Many thanks.

    Garry
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    Re: Showing metadata in Windows Explorer ?

    I think the best you can do is to enable audits for file access success, but this could fill your security event log very quickly so you would also need to put in a process to backup the event log regularly.

    StuartR

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    Re: Showing metadata in Windows Explorer ?

    1.) In Windows Explorer right click any column heading in the right pane and you'll be able to customize the view. The user that the operating system knows as the owner is one of the fields you can select.
    2.) & 3.) Would require some document/content management software.

    Joe
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