How to Copy files and shares from a Win2k server to a Win3K server and maintaining the security permissions?

Hello Everyone,
                           Does anyone know how to copy files and shares from a Win2k server to a Win3K server and maintaining the security permissions?

Any help is much appreciated!
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trenesConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes I forgot Robocopy is much better!

And you are in luck today.

Robocopy has a GUI !!
Hi 1sawh,

xcopy will do the trick on ACL's (in the same domain!)
But not on the share level.


Christopher McKayMicrosoft Network AdministratorCommented:
XXCOPY.EXE will do this for you:
I find that xxcopy seems to work better in some instances than xcopy.
The shares are based off of where you have the shares on your server. If they are stored in the same location (as in, if you are moving files from "d:\folder" to "d:\folder" on the new system), you could copy the shares from the registry on the old system. The location of the shares on the old systems registry would be here:

Hope this helps!


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Rather than copy them, back them up and restore to the alternate location - everything should be maitained
Download Robocopy (Part of the 2003 Resource Kit):

Here is the syntax:

robocopy "source" "destination" *.* /E /Copyall /R:1 /W:1

This will maintain the NTFS permissions structure.  You will need to readd the Shares and  Share permissions.

Hope this helps
Christopher McKayMicrosoft Network AdministratorCommented:
As SamuraiCrow and trenes have stated, Robocopy is a good utility to copy the files, but keep in mind that if you use ANY utility to copy to a FAT32 volume, you will lose your security on the files. See here for the low down on FAT32 vs NTFS:


1sawhAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for responding.  I am using NTFS on Source and Target Drives.

I had a chance to try out Trenes solution the lazy man Admin method and it worked like a charm. I had to download the .Net tools + Fixes and was biting my finger nails through the whole install process.

Thanks Again Guy's.

Peace Out!
maybe a split of points between me and samuraicrow would have been better.
You can request that in the support section. (but I'm not pushing you :-)  )
No worries.  If trenes had the solution that worked trenes gets the points.  Good call on the Robocopy GUI.  Didn't know about that one.
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