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removing file attributes for an entire directory and subdirectory

Posted on 2012-03-20
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I am running 2 file servers and am transferring the files from the old server to the new server with robocopy, but I'm getting errors that say: "the system cannot find the path specified". Error: Retry Limit exceeded.

I checked the old server and I can see the files there, but they have an A in the attributes column, so I'm thinking I need to remove all A and H attributes and probably R since I'm at it, as that's why it can't copy the files over.  I have already given full access to my domain user that I'm using to copy and the system as well.

I've tried the following command, but it doesn't work:  attrib -A E:\userdocs\location\*
and attrib -A E:\userdocs\location\*.*
But both attemps give me the error message: "parameter format not correct".

Any idea's how I can remove these attributes either from the GUI or CLI without having to do it one by one, each file, as there's hundreds of files, if not thousands.

Thanks.
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by:Neil Russell
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Those attributes wont stop the correct robocopy command running.  Can you please post your EXACT robocopy command here please.
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by:afacts
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SUre:

robocopy  \\server\adp E:\adp /E /MIR /COPYALL /MT /V /LOG:E:\logs\adp.txt /R:0 /W:0 /TEE /ETA /DCOPY:T /FP /ZB
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by:afacts
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So if it's not the file attributes, here's a screenshot of the error:

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by:afacts
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anytone else would like to take a stab as to why I'm getting these errors?
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Neil Russell earned 500 total points
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Do you have permissions to that folder? your copying user profiles and you wont necessarily have full access permisions to those directories? Have you checked that from the destination server that you are running from that you can browse to that remote path with the account you are copying from?
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by:afacts
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Which folder are you asking if I have permissions, on the source folder, or on the destination folder, under the username folder, or the my documents folder inside the username folder?

I did check and I was able to browse on the source server, that's why I know the files are there. I even gave full access on the destination folder as well, so both servers, have full accese on that one folder and all subfolders.
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by:afacts
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Thanks, you pointed me in the right direction, it was a permission issue.

I changed the permissions on both servers, both folders exactly the same, and it worked.
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