Robocopy Not Copying FIle Permissions Correctly

Posted on 2013-05-28
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Last Modified: 2013-05-28
I have a Windows 2008 R2 server that runs an automated robocopy script to copy a folder (and all sub folder/files) to another drive on the same server. On a previous 2008 R2 server this worked perfectly and I can't figure out what changed (and unfortunately the old server is no longer around).

Here's the robocopy command I run:
Robocopy.exe C:\folder M:\folder /E /R:3 /W:0 /COPYALL /TS /FP

I was under the impression that /COPYALL would grab all the permissions and assign them correctly.

Has anyone had this issue/know what I should be looking for on my server? The folders on the C drive are still correct after the move, even though they're not on the destination folder.
Question by:brendan-amex
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All the switches look good to me.

Are you sure the missing permissions aren't inherited from a folder at a higher level?
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Have you ever used the robocopy GUI.

that way you can set the permissions correctly


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Id suggest throwing the /SEC switch in there.

Robocopy.exe C:\folder M:\folder /E /R:3 /W:0 /SEC /COPYALL /TS /FP
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/COPYALL already includes /SEC
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I understand it is supposed to be part of copyall however I have had issues in the past with that as well. Which is why when I use robocopy I will add the /SEC command.

If I am mirroring a directory my go to command is /MIR /SEC /COPYALL /ZB

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/ZB seems to work, but so does /B.

Can you explain what the heck restartable mode and backup mode does?

Thank you for the help though!

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Thanks the ZB works, although I'm not sure what restartable mode and backup mode does!

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