New NAS storage device - need to copy folders with permisions

WE want to move folders from our legacy DELL MD1000 SAS device to our new DELL NX3200 NAS device.  Do you suggest using Robocopy to do this.  We need al the file permissions including inherited.
Can suggest an example command line to do this.
Thank you
wlasnerDirector, ITAsked:
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Steven HarrisConnect With a Mentor PresidentCommented:
If you are just testing now, try the following:

robocopy \\exch\datastore\it\forms\ \\nas1\public1\ /e /copyall

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This assumes that \\nas1\public1\ already exists.

Also, there is no need to run /s with /e, as /e does /s + some.
JurajUQUConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I'd def suggest robocopy

ROBOCOPY <Source> <Target> /E /Copy:DATS

D = Data
A = Attributes
T = Timestamps
S = Security
/E = copy sub directories, inc empty ones

That should cover it...
wlasnerDirector, ITAuthor Commented:
does it matter if I run it from the original location or the destination?
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not really if it's the same user with full access to both locations. Don't forget to use elevated cmd
Steven HarrisPresidentCommented:
I would recommend /copyall over /copy:dats

/copyall is the equivalent to /copy:datsou

copyflags : D=Data, A=Attributes, T=Timestamps
                       S=Security=NTFS ACLs, O=Owner info, U=aUditing info
true, adds O and U parameteres standing for Owner info and auditing info
Steven HarrisPresidentCommented:
Do you have a full list of requirements?  You don't want to get into it and decide you want to change to another method later.

What is the total amount of data to be copied?
Is there any chance for a network glitch?
Are you going to do this in one go, or over a period of time?
wlasnerDirector, ITAuthor Commented:
I did a test and got this error, is unc path not ok?:
Also, per your last comments, do I use /copyall / copy flags in the same string?

   ROBOCOPY     ::     Robust File Copy for Windows


  Started : Tuesday, November 26, 2013 5:30:48 PM
2013/11/26 17:31:49 ERROR 67 (0x00000043) Getting File System Type of Destinatio
n \\nas1\public1\
The network name cannot be found.

   Source : \\exch\datastore\it\forms\
     Dest - \\nas1\public1\

    Files : *.*

  Options : *.* /S /E /DCOPY:DA /COPY:DATS /R:1000000 /W:30


NOTE : NTFS Security may not be copied - Destination may not be NTFS.

2013/11/26 17:33:51 ERROR 67 (0x00000043) Creating Destination Directory \\nas1\
The network name cannot be found.

wlasnerDirector, ITAuthor Commented:
In all about 3 gig.  I will do our IT data first to test, this data is mostly static then we will do user files.
we are retiring our old data store for the new one, everything needs to be moved.  Because one is a SAS and the other a NAS some structure at the higher levels will be different.
Steven HarrisPresidentCommented:
Review my last post.  We may want to add additional switches.

Also, what are the configurations of the two devices?
wlasnerDirector, ITAuthor Commented:
Both are aprox 6gb total storage
old = Dell md1000 attached to win 2003 server
new = Dell nx3200 windows storage server 2012
Basically three top level shares is the plan, ITData, UserData, PublicData
wlasnerDirector, ITAuthor Commented:
We ar egood to go thank you for all the valuable input.
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