File permissions question - Need expert Advice

I have had trouble importing over SIDs from my NT machine to my 2003. So instead of migration, I am starting from scratch.

I've recreated all users and groups - Now I just need to setup a file structure with correct permissions.

I would like to re-structure our folders like so:





Now at present those files are on a NT server. I will move them to my XP machine and then move them to my 2003 machine. I want to at this point erase all permissions on the files so that just the administrator has acess. I want want to enable parent permissions on every single file so I can then go ahead and change the propertys of the IT folder to allow the "IT group" access. Like so

//<servername>/Users/IT/directory/folder1/another folder/
change permissions so everything is inherited from Users - Admin access on all files.
So the above file will only be accessable by the IT group.

Is this clear? How can it be done on a mass scale? 15gigs of data here. With a very deep file struture. Not all files have parent paths enabled.
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It sounds like you need the latest version of Robocopy (available in the 2003 resource kit that can be downloaded here):

This tool is awsome for copying info from one server to another.  The general syntax goes something like this:

robocopy <source> <destination> /E /NoCopy

The /E switch grabs all of the subdirectories and the /NoCopy swith makes sure that no permissions are moved with it.  It does about a thousand more things that you can check out with robocopy /? on the command line.  

Hope this helps

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go with crow this works
you can use robocopy to move the data and also to give the permissions you want on your folder structure (with replace permissions ... in the advanced tab from security)
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georgecooldudeAuthor Commented:
ok, I finally did  my migration successfully.

Now I need to move my folders from. Does the robocopy /COPYALL delete any data? I need to transfer all relevant file info permissions, timestamps etc, the lot.

Hopefully I can just use /COPYALL and /ETA ?? Correct?

yes that is correct.
georgecooldudeAuthor Commented:
ok, heres my problem.

I can move the files fine from my NT machine to my XP Pro machine.

Now I get accessed denied errors when I try and move them to my 2003 machine from my XP machine? Both times I am logged in as administrator but it doesn't seem to like it on the 2003 machine. Any ideas?

Also I tryed using the /ZB (backup mode tag) and it stopped all the folders being shared.
you should use a domain admin account or an account which has access on both your computer and your server
georgecooldudeAuthor Commented:
I would have though the administrator account did. :S

I will give it another go and get back to you.
domain admin or local admin?
georgecooldudeAuthor Commented:
ok, I tryed again with a user who ahd domain admin permissions and all data was copyied accross fine.

I think I have everything sorted now. I will ROBOCOPY the entire network drive over to my machine later tonite and then move it in the morning to my Windows 2003 machine.

I'll leave this question open incase I have any more problems.

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