Moving redirected user data from SBS 2008 to SBS 2012 R2 Essentials

I am going to do a migration from SBS 2008 to SBS 2012 R2 Essentials soon. I intend to migrate the active directory and users over from the old server following the migration details listed here:      

They mention to move shared folders, you can use the following Robocopy command:

robocopy\\ <SourceServerName> \ <SharedSourceFolderName> <PathOfTheDestination> \ <SharedDestinationFolderName>  /E /B /COPY:DATSOU /LOG:C:\Copyresults.txt

All users currently have their data stored in redirected folders and I intend to use redirected folders on the new server.

I would like to know if the above command would move the user data from the redirected folders on the old server to the redirected folders on the new server – taking into account the permission restrictions on these User folders.

If not, what Robocopy command could be used to do this?

Or this there a better way?

Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Mark BillExchange, AD, SQL, VMware, HPE, 3PAR, FUD, Anti MS Tekhnet, Pro EE, #1Commented:
Hi, your not using the /mir switch so i doubt it.

as per the article we need to use this switch its config is listed in the link.

Done a fair bit of this kind of thing myself, for me i dislike these redirected folders i prefer to use a H drive that is a shared drive for the users on the server, i also dislike copying permissions unless its neccesary(huge amount of files/access levels).

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Muhammad BurhanManager I.T.Commented:
SMB or Share permission wouldn't be replicated through Robocopy. It only replicates NTFS permissions.
Mark BillExchange, AD, SQL, VMware, HPE, 3PAR, FUD, Anti MS Tekhnet, Pro EE, #1Commented:
"SMB or Share permission wouldn't be replicated through Robocopy. It only replicates NTFS permissions."

Share permissions should be set to everybody full or something a long these lines, the NTFS folders are the important ones. Highly unlikely to be using SMB here unless we have Macs online or Linux boxes.
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Markieboy1OwnerAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your replies.

It is an all Windows environment.

It is the permissions that I am trying also to get my head around. If I use Folder Redirection on the new server, permissions will already be set up on the relevant user folders. If I copy the folders, using robocopy as Mark mentions,  from the old to new and essentially overwrite the created ones, will this cause issues?

Remember this is moving to a new server, not just to a new location.

Is there a better way of moving this user data into the newly created user folders without permissions etc. but taking into account the tight permissions these folders already have?
Muhammad BurhanManager I.T.Commented:
nothing will cause any issue except SHARE PERMISSIONS.
what you have to do is copy all of the data through robocoy with proper switches like /mir, etc.
once you copied all of the stuff, share that new folder same as previous one.
you can initially allow that folder to be access on network with all read permissions, after that edit share permissions as desired/required.
Markieboy1OwnerAuthor Commented:
Many Thanks Muhammad. That makes sense.

Coming right back to my main question, do you know how I can use robocopy to achieve this and which switches are needed?

I am going to read up on robocopy but help would be very much appreciated.
Markieboy1OwnerAuthor Commented:
I did the migration this weekend and answered by own question!

The redirected folders are moved during the Migration. It is actually mentioned in the Technet article under Step 5.

Should have read this more closely beforehand!

Anyway, if anybody else is looking for the answer, there it is.

I will give points to both Mark and Muhammad as they did offer good advice regarding Robocopy - Thanks.
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