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Gain access to user roaming profile folders

First of all - I did not set up these roaming profiles but they are working.  The profile points to a user profile folder on the data drive (D:) of this server.  I am in the process of moving the FSMO roles to another server and need to move the profile folders but, although I have all the administrator access rights,  I can't get access to these folders.  

I went through the Gpo editor and added the administrators access to roaming profile folders last night but I still can't access the folders.

I suppose I could log on as each user and copy his or her folder over but I think the admin ought to have the ability to get in there - just in case.  Can anyone give me an idea of what to do next?

Thanks for your help
Windows Server 2003

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8/22/2022 - Mon
Brian Pierce

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Daryl Ponting

I think you'll find assigning the admin permissions won't work because the profile folders are 'owned' by the users.  Taking ownership of the folders can also cause problems because (at least when I tried it) it can wipe out the existing permissions on the profiles.

I used Subinacl to change the owner of the folders to administrator.  Then I could add administrator to the permissions on the folders.

Thanks for the suggestions.  I will try them as soon as I get back to that site and then let you know if it worked.

just add a user to the local backup operators group on the server and run a backup using that account using NTbackup and then just restore it to the new server
Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.

Haven't been back to this customer's site yet but should be this next week.



Thanks for your help!

Thanks for all the suggestions.  
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I used NTBackup when migrating folders from a Windows 2003 server to a Windows 2008 Server and it worked perfectly.  Also, Microsoft makes a little NTBackup restore program for Windows 2008 since it doesn't come with NTBackup.