Obtain access to v2 roaming profile directories in Windows Server 2012

Posted on 2013-05-22
Last Modified: 2015-06-22
Thanks for any assistance in advance.

I'm having an issue accessing the <username>.V2 folders under our roaming profiles directory on a new Windows Server 2012 Standard system. I have found numerous references on changing the owner of the folder for other versions of Windows. These apply just fine in Server 2012, except when it comes to replacing the owner of sub-directories. I can't waste hours of my life replacing the owner on each individual folder for every user, so how can this be done in Server 2012?

Also, I'm having a problem finding a group policy setting that I remember from Server 2008 that allows administrators access to these V2 folders. Every Google search I've tried returns references to Server 2008 (or previous server versions).

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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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To begin using best practices administrators don't have access to the folder/files if you follow the microsoft articles on setting up folder redirection.

Since it is an NTFS file permission that is causing you problems. go to the root directory of the share i.e. e:\users and change the ntfs file permission to full control ths folder/subfolders and files from 'this folder only'  apply this permission and apply it to subfolders and files and you have access now. Don't forget to check replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions of this object

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Thanks for the comment. I know about best practices, but we're setting up an offsite backup system on our server and I would like to be able to remotely backup our users' roaming profiles.

I know that I can apply the security permissions to sub-directories in Server 2012, but it won't fully change permissions without the owner also being changed. That was my question - how can I propagate the ownership changes to sub-directories like you can in every other version of Windows?

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Since I've only received one comment on my question from last year, I figured I'd try to see if I can get any other response.
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 500 total points
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It hasn't changed AFAIK from vista onwards.. I can't remember W2K3/XP as I've gone onwards as technology changed

you could always use robocopy with the /zb /sec options to copy the folders

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Thanks for your comment David. I use MozyPro as our offsite backup service. I guess I will try to use robocopy to see if it will backup the users' roaming profile directories. If it will, I guess I'll just have to reconfigure my MozyPro backup to backup the files that robocopy backs up elsewhere.

I'll let you know if that works. Does anyone know where the group policy setting is for this though? That would be my preferred solution as that was the solution back in server 2008. The same group policy setting isn't in the same place for server 2012.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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which group policy are you referring to? Details, details.

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