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We have migrated from a SBS 2003 to SBS 2011.  The folder shares were tranferred using robocopy and showed no errors or skips.
All looked fine until the old server was demoted and removed from the domain and the sbs2011 server was updated via windows update.
Now folders appear on both the old and new servers but some subfolders and files are inaccessible and not showing as being present.
When I right click on the folder and go properties, I see the number of files folders that should be viewable and bytes but these are not visible or accessible via explorer or the command prompt. I have tried changing the attrib but errors with file/folder not found.
I downloaded a tree size app and that showed correct files folder attributes etc.
It is strange that the original SBS which has been demoted and renamed is presenting in the same way.

Any one any idea?
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by:ComputerTechie
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I recommend trying icacls

http://ss64.com/nt/icacls.html

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Since it was SBS, when you demoted it, you destroyed your domain.  When you repromote it, you create a new domain, with a new SID.  Since your SID is different, all of your permissions that are not the *well known* groups are now useless, and effectively, not visible.

(Well known groups are the ones like Authenticated Users, Everyone, Administrators, etc.).

You can try taking ownership of them and then changing permissions.  You can also try using subinacl.exe (you can download it from Microsoft).   It can directly alter the permissions pretty easily and works around a lot of the access denied you'll get with taking ownership.  

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by:Steve
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doesn't sound the like the SBS migration worked properly.

did you follow a migration guide or could you advise the steps you took for this so we can work out the possible issue please?
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The issue was resolved by removing attrib rights and reapplying them.  Not sure why there was an issue.
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This was the solution.
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