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Backup and Restore Permissions on a Server

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We have a file server that is rather old and we would like to migrate all the files to a new server. However, we don't want to backup and restore the OS, just all the files and permissions.
So my question is what is a good way or product to get that will do this easily?
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Question by:xenon2050
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Mike Kline earned 400 total points
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We use a product called securecopy from Script logic
http://www.scriptlogic.com/Products/securecopy/
Really great tool for file server migrations...not free
For a free tool you may want to give Microsofts' rich copy a try
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.04.utilityspotlight.aspx?pr=blog
Full disclousre:  I haven't tested RichCopy yet.
Thanks
Mike
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Another option is a Robocopy.
It is included in Windows Resource Kit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robocopy
Works fine
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...or you could the built in NTBackup facility to backup, then redirect the new server. It's use of Volume Shadow Copy would help if there's a chance user's will be accessing the files, as it takes a snapshot first. Utilities like Robocopy, xcopy etc would get locked out if files are in use or locked (I don't know about RichCopy but it doesn't look like it supports VSS)
It'll also restore the existing permissions...
The disadvantage to this is that it'll require two operations, one to backup, one to restore.
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SecureCopy would be the tool I prefer as it gives you many other useful features to migrate large file servers with tons of files/shares/folders/etc to minimize downtime.

Other than the tools mentined above, you can also use NT Backup tool to take care of the Security(NTFS) permission by simply using NTBackup and restore as it wil retain all the NTFS permission.
As far as share permission, it usually can be manually created unless you have a lot of shares. In general, admin would grant access to share permission by leaving it as Everyone(or authenticated users) with Full controll and manage permisison by NTFS.
If that's the case, it really not much of permission you have to redo. You can also use ShareEnum utility to find out all the shares you have in your domains within a few minutes. Download it from here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897442.aspx
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by:xenon2050
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Okay, sounds like I have a bunch of options. Thanks for all the help. I won't be able to try out all the suggestions right now, so I'm going to split the points for the most useful comments.

Thanks!
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