how to prevent folders copied to new share from becoming read only

New Windows 2003 server was set up as file, AD and DNS server.  Includes some shares that were taking the place of of a 2000 server.  When the files were copied over to the new shares, I was getting reports of "read only" status of files.  I looked at the share and everyone had full access.  After scratching my head for a while, I noticed that the properties of all the folders I copied over was a shaded read only!  I have to unchedk read only on EVERY folder, one by one, because if I select multiple folders, the read only box is unchecked!  This is a pretty big deal, as I will eventually have a thousand or so folders to uncheck, one by one...  HELP
mchad65Asked:
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sirbountyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hmm...
I would suggest using robocopy to transfer your data (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9d467a69-57ff-4ae7-96ee-b18c4790cffd&DisplayLang=en)
This free tool from MS has the ability to transfer the security, timestamp, attributes, etc for the file transfer.
For instance, this would perform a server to server copy:

robocopy \\server1\share \\server2\share /mir /copyall /zb

*.* is assumed (all files)
/mir (mirror data - same as copying recursively - removing what's no longer in the source)
/copyall (equivalent to copy:datso (data, attributes, time stamps, security...)
/zb restartable/backup mode (for attempts to copy open files).

This is the preferred method for migrating data - as with NTFS, presumably what you're using for file system on your servers, data moved the way you did it inherits the target security...
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sirbountyCommented:
It's a bogus property on folders - nothing to worry about...
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sirbountyCommented:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326549 details this: " the Read-only attribute for a folder is typically ignored by Windows"

You might also check:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256614
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mchad65Author Commented:
Well, that is not true, at least in my case.  If you open a file, it opens as read only.  You can not overwrite it.  If you check the individual properties of the file, it is not read only....  No one can overwrite any of the files I copied over.
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sirbountyCommented:
Okay - well then it's the default W2k3 sharing problem. ;^)

By default, shares under W2k are Everyone/Full Control
Under W2k3 - they're Everyon/Read-Only
Change the 'sharing' permissions to Everyone/Full Control and you should be all set..
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mchad65Author Commented:
That's the first thing I looked at.  Everyone has full control...  Still read only.
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sirbountyCommented:
Everyone has full on the share?  Or are you looking at security?

What does this produce?

Cacls \\server\share > c:\shareacl.txt
(post the txt file created)
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sirbountyCommented:
How are you transferring the data over to the w2k3 server?
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mchad65Author Commented:
I am looking at the share.  It just got worse.  I had a user open word, and save a file to the share, which saved fine.  Same user still can't open other files w/o being read only.  So it seems to be a file attribute issue...
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mchad65Author Commented:
To answer your question, on the new server, I mapped a drive to the old server, highlighted and copied folders to the new share.
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mchad65Author Commented:
when I run Cacls \\pcd\users > c:\shareacl.txt  I get network path not found...
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mchad65Author Commented:
I figured it out.  It seemed to be a setting under the "security" tab of the drive.  I had to add the full control options to the "domain\users" object.  Once I did that, it worked.  Very strange.
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mchad65Author Commented:
But thanks for the info on robocopy, that will come in handy...
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sirbountyCommented:
Glad you got it sorted. :^)
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