Transfer file security permissions - Upgrade Windows Storage Server 2003 to 2008

Posted on 2011-10-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
What is the easiest way to upgrade from Windows Storage Server 2003 to 2008?  Currently, I have both running.  There are thousands of files and share folders I need to move over while maintaining their current permissions.  Will copy and paste from one server to another suffice, or is there a third party tool that would ensure a smoother upgrade of the file structure?
Question by:checkonetwo
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    If you wish maintain all file structure and permissions, I think that the best way is use robocopy. All syntax is here:
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    Use robocopy first to copy everything over, then use permcopy to copy the share permissions. The destination share must already exist, but robocopy will do that for you.

    Robocopy and permcopy are available in :
    Robocopy GUI :
    Robocopy GUI download:

    * Permcopy
    - Copy share & file ACLs from one share to another.

    - By default Robocopy will only copy a file if the source and destination have different time stamps or different file sizes.  By copying only the files that have changed, robocopy can be used to backup very large volumes. To limit the network bandwidth used by robocopy

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