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Thread: Copying Shared folders and retaining share and file permissions

  1. #1
    Bry M Guest

    Copying Shared folders and retaining share and file permissions

    I need to move several shared folders from 1 server running Windows 2000
    Server to a new server running Windows Server 2003 SP2. I know when moving
    shares on the same logical drive, the permissions remain. But what happens
    when moved across the network to a new server in the same domain? How do I
    keep the shared name, shared permissions, and all folder and file level
    permissions entacted?

  2. #2
    Newell White Guest

    RE: Copying Shared folders and retaining share and file permissions

    Create empty shared folders on the new machine.
    Turn off inheritance of permissions to contained folders and files.

    Use ROBOCOPY with the option /COPY:DATSO to move all folders and files from
    the old shares to the new shares, preserving:
    Data content
    File Attributes

  3. #3
    Morgan che Guest
    Based on your need, I'd like to recommend you using FSMT (File Server
    Migration Toolkit) , which will preserve the share and NTFS security
    settings of share folders after they are migrated to the new server. It
    simplifies the file server migration process and minimize the impact of
    file server migration on users.

    Additional Suggestions:

    You'd better to make the old windows 2000 file server and the new windows
    2003 file server as the member server within a domain.

    1. You may install File Server Migration Tool on the new file server.

    2. Launch the File Server Migration Wizard.

    3. Create a new migration project and save it in "C:\FileServerMigration"

    4. When you add source file server, please input hostname (inputting IP
    address of server is not supported)

    5. Please unselect the checkbox of "Resolve invalid Security descriptors"
    and select the checkbox of "Copy security settings"

    6. You may find that all the files and folders with Share and Security
    permission have been replicated to the target server.

    7. Since the Security descriptors (users and groups) are stored in Active
    Directory Database, all the folders and files can be accessible as normally.

    8. Please remove old file server and rename new file server to the old
    servers name.

    9. Please note: you may perform the migration in the spare time since this
    migration can be transplant to the clients.


    Download: Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit

    File Server Migration Toolkit Whitepaper

    Alternative methods to keep share permission during file transfer:

    You may use resource kit tool Permcopy.exe to copy share permissions (Full
    Control, Read, and Change) from one existing share to another.

    permcopy \\SourceComputer SourceShare \\TargetComputer TargetShare.

    If there are a large number of shares or the shares are using complicated
    permissions, we may use the method according to the following KB article:

    Saving and Restoring Existing Windows Shares

    Note: This procedure applies only to NetBIOS shares and not to Macintosh

    For you convenience, I have summarized the steps below:

    1.1) Copy all the data from the old file server to target file server using
    Robocopy with /SEC switch. This will ensure that both the folder structures
    and their NTFS permissions are fully copied the target file server.

    Important Note: Please ensure that both the target file server and the
    source file server have the same folder scheme (the shares' folder paths on
    the target file server are the same as the ones on the source file server).

    1.2) Copy the share permissions from the source file server

    Actually, the share definitions are saved in the following registry key:


    Therefore, our steps in this section are:

    1.2.1) Back up the above key on the target file server for recovery

    1.2.2) Back up the key on the source file server in to a reg file.

    1.2.3) Merge the reg file to the target server.

  4. #4
    K L Wong Guest

    RE: Copying Shared folders and retaining share and file permission

    I used the MSFT to move shared folder from one drive to the other one the
    same server. I noticed it will create a new shared name on target, and upon
    completion of the transfer, the source folder share still there. Is this
    normal ?

    To complete the move, is it just:
    1. manual remove the source share
    2. change the target share name

  5. #5
    Morgan che Guest

    RE: Copying Shared folders and retaining share and file permission

    This is normal behavior that the share permissions are still there after
    you complete share permission transfer. After you make sure that the share
    folders have been successfully migrated, you can remove the olds and adjust
    share name. However, if you use DFS for file sharing, you can simply adjust
    the corresponding access path on DFS server.

    Generally, we request one question per post in the newsgroups. In order to
    concentrate fully on each of these issues and provide clarity for others
    that may be following here. If you encounter other issues related to
    permission transfer or need further assistance on this issue, we suggest
    opening a new thread to ensure the issue can receive full attention.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Goodday, we are replacing a server to a new pc so we wanna migrate all data and share permissions with the file migrate tool. What happens with open files?? are they copied too????

    You should close open files.

    Computer Management > Share Folders > sessions

    I can recommend a software called CopyRight2 that I recently used to migrate some file shares. It even copied the user passwords.

  7. #7
    Ace Fekay [MVP-DS, MCT] Guest

    Re: Copying File Shares

    You've responded to an old, expired post in the Microsoft Newsgroups, where many web-based forums pull/push posts to.

    Regarding the ability to copy files keeping permissions intact, you can simply use Microsoft's Robycopy.

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