Move files and permissions between servers

I have about 60 gig of folders and files, all with complicated permissions set. I have just added another DC to my network and want to move all the data over to this, before I retire the old DC.

I just had a go at moving some files over then, and the permissions were reset. Is there a way to move the files over without it changing the permissions?

Moving from Windows 2000 -> Windows 2003.


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SamuraiCrowConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I've done this with the robocopy.exe utility.  It originally came with the NT4 resource kit but you can find it almost anywhere now a days.  It basically simplifies the copying of complex folder and permissions structures to new locations.  All of our share migrations have been done with this tool.  This is the link that explains the command line syntax:

The tool is also in the 2003 Resource Kit which can be downloaded here:

Make a couple of practice runs and the move the whole share.  Works like a charm.

Good Luck
Gary DewrellSenior Network AdministratorCommented:
Hi H4Inf,
If Im not mistaken you can do this.
from the old server map a drive to the new server then use xcopy /o /e  to move your files.

God Bless
Here is an extended robocopy.exe command line reference in case you want to do some heavy duty tweaking.  For most migrations purposes the example in my first comment should suffice.
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An excellent robocopy script that I have used several times with excellent results can be found at:

robocopy has changed slightly since the article was written so you may have to tweak some of the robocopy switch settings.  
H4InfAuthor Commented:
Working wonders!!  Thanks so much :D
Glad to assist
Peace be the Journey
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