Windows File Folder Permission


I have old windows server 2003 with dc, users, groups and data with file folder permission.

There are huge data with many folders, subfolder with having very different different permission.

Due to old hardware we had purchased new server with windows 2012 rs.
I have manual way to transfer all this to new server is create all users, define them in group, and assign permission on each folder, subfolder as per old server.

This is very time consuming and irritating.

Is there any way to transfer all users, group, data with all existing file folder permission?

please suggest.

-rgds -PK
Pravin KadamIT Service ManagerAsked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
robocopy the files over with the /copy:dats property i.e.
robocopy \\source\ \\dest /e /copy:dats
Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
I would use robocopy to synchronize the files between the old server and the new one.

Here is a step-by-step article for doing a migration:


Pravin KadamIT Service ManagerAuthor Commented:
Through this robocopy will folder and subfolder will get copy?

But how to transfer users and group from windows 2003 server to 2012 r2 server.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
yes with the /s or the /e parameter, join the s2K12 machine to the domain, or make it a domain controller.
Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
What you are asking for is 2 very different things.

1.  In order to "transfer" your users and groups, you need to deploy an additional domain controller into your Active Directory infrastructure.  Install the DNS service on the new server, then run DCPROMO.

2. using robocopy will solve the second issue of moving the files and folders with NTFS permissions.

Pravin KadamIT Service ManagerAuthor Commented:

I want to move 2 different things from windows 2003 server to windows 2012 server.

Users, Groups, data, existing file folder permission.

I will do adc. That is ok. All users and group will transfer.

Through robocopy i will transfer all data.

But will I get same file folder permission on new server data as old server?
Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
David and I both mentioned that robocopy will copy folders and files and migrate the folder permissions to the new server.

I recommend read thru the robocopy article posted above to get a better understanding of the process involved when using robocopy.

Here is a link to the robocopy technical reference:


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