What is the best way to migrate Shared folders from SBS03 to SBS08

Posted on 2011-04-26
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We are towards the end of migrating from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008.  The issue is the best way to migrate shared folders.  According to the MS guidance document, it suggests

"robocopy \\<SourceServerName>\<ShareName>\<FolderName> \\<DestinationServerName>\<ShareName>\<FolderName /E /COPY:DATSOU /LOG:C:\Copyresults.txt"

However, we are seeing many different types of errors, requiring modification of the command string. For example adding exclusions for shortcuts and thumbs.db. Plus we are seeing ERROR 5 (0x00000005) accessed denied, which make no sense because the we are logging into the SBS2008 server to run robocopy with an admin user account that is a member of the Admin groups for the folders that saying accessed denied.

It is important that the permission on the folders and files from SBS2003 be transferred and remain the same when it arrives on the SBS2008.  Is Robocopy the best? What about Richcopy?  Should we use a sync utility so that we do not have to rerun the copy utility every time it fails?  I look forward to feedback from someone who has done this before.

Question by:MwalkerFoc
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    personally, I like to use Vice Versa Pro.  It'll copy over security data.  it's fast and it's easy.

    Log in to the SBS 2008 server as an administrator account that will have full access on both machines.  

    Then download the Vice Versa Pro trial from here:

    Use that and you'll be good to go.  

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    We are having similar issues with Vice Versa in not copying files. Is there a way to use this software or another, where the program will ignore permissions but still copying the permission over to the target. Several of the files and folders do not inherit permissions and even thou the user we are logging in with is part of the administrator group, we are still seeing file not accessible from the source preventing it being copied over.
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    the only way vice versa would not copy files would be if there was a permissions issue with the user account you were using to copy the files.

    If you're looged in as administrator and trying to copy home folders, for example, and administrator doesn't have permission for those home folders, it won't be able to copy them.  no program will.

    Security permissions will trump everything.

    Vice versa is an excellent program for this - it copies everything assuming you have the correct security permissions.

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