Copying data to new server, overcoming permissions/ownership issues?
Posted on 2007-08-09
I've been using combinations of XCopy, Robocopy, Total Commander or good old drag and drop to move data to new servers over the last couple of years.
Every now and then none of these programs can copy over some files because the user has taken ownership and removed read permission for the Administrators group. So you have to go through taking ownership then recreating permissions. It's always been a problem but is a bigger one this time!
So I'm just wondering what are others using to get around this? My understanding is backup programs can overcome this and backup these files regardless of the permissions, does that mean the only way of getting everything copied across while truly maintaining permissions is to back the folders up with NTBackup then restore to the new server? Is there any program like Total Commander that could run as a member of the Backup Operators group and do this?