copy and move files and folders

Hi Experts,

I have a lot of data on one server.
There are many shares with different permissions and security on each folder.
Now I have to migrate them to another server or storage.
Is there a way to copy the permissions and security too ?
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noufsCommented:
Hello,
sure, use a robocopy script.
example: Robocopy.exe "d:\Sources" "\\destination\share" /S /R:1 /w:2 /ZB /COPYALL /MIR /SEC /LOG:"c:\robocopy.log" /ETA /TEE

Dont forget to download robocopy.exe
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dphantom9002Commented:
Robocopy is free from Microsoft and works well.  Doubletake is another option from Double-Take Software, Inc.  It is not free, but reasonably priced.  They do have a free trial version.
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Darius GhassemCommented:
You can use Robocopy or RichCopy to copy the folders and files with permissions to the new location

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc733145(v=ws.10).aspx
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
so that I understand correctly, with robocopy I can copy the folders including the security and permissions. right ?
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dphantom9002Commented:
yes you can do that with robocopy.
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Yes that is correct
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arnoldCommented:
If this is a domain environment you can se dfs-r to replicate the data with permissions.
There are vbscripts available online that help transferring shares with their settings from one system to another.
Once you have dfs setup and start using the domain asked share, future file share transitions will be seamless for the users.
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noufsCommented:
I'm making my file server migratino with robocopy since years :) Its really good.
You can in the same script write several command line (like i post you before) if you have a lot of shares.
Once your script is done, schedule it a night (the first full will be long, depends on how much you have to copy). The incremental after is fast.

I like to have a separate log per share (to control at the end if all is ok). (At the end on the command line, juste change robocopy.log to rob-share1.log)
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arnoldCommented:
Robocopy, xcopy were needed since replication using ntfrs with large files is a ....
Win2k3 r2 and newer includes dfs replication which is better an robust.

Time use the newer tool. You can setup the replication without sharing first.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
ok but where can I download the robocopy version or better the gui version ?
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Hi I used now your command on my 2008 server.
But what I see now, the data is copied but not the permissions .
The security is also copied but why no permissions ?
Why the copied folders are not shared ?

Robocopy.exe "d:\Sources" "\\destination\share" /S /R:1 /w:2 /ZB /COPYALL /MIR /SEC /LOG:"c:\robocopy.log" /ETA /TEE
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arnoldCommented:
Sharing permissions are not stored on the file system, they are stored in a different location, the registry where the share is defined. What get copied is the security settings.
That is why I suggested, referenced the several examples that exist online for scripts vbscripts that handle the copying f the share settings.
http://thebackroomtech.com/2007/08/28/howto-migrate-file-shares-permissions-and-user-profiles-paths-in-a-windows-2003-domain/
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