Migrating to new server -- ROBOCOPY vs copy-and-paste ?

I assume when I do the below copy-and-paste
associated file permissions do not transfer,
therefore I should do ROBOCOPY instead ?

 1. login to new 2012 server
 2. copy from \\old2003server\fileShare
 3. paste to \\new2012server\fileShare
 4. looks like file permissions do not transfer
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FOXActive Directory/Exchange EngineerCommented:
you want to do
 robocopy  \\oldserver\fileshare  \\newserver\fileshare /s /e /copyall /mir /v /tee log:c:\temp\copyrpt.txt

This command will copy over everything you need, original timestamps, acl, attributes, owners, print it out on the monitor and to a txt document for your review.  


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finance_teacherAuthor Commented:
I assume when I do the below copy-and-paste associated file permissions do not transfer ?
FOXActive Directory/Exchange EngineerCommented:
The command you are using will only copy data.  The command I sent you will copy over everything from the source server.  Original timestamps and all.
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FOXActive Directory/Exchange EngineerCommented:
Secondly if you are doing a windows copy and paste, if  you have long filepaths it may not take on the paste.  Robocopy is the most resilient and reliable in your scenario
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
copy and paste does not keep the current permissions.
NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
Also use the /DCOPY:T switch. Else the folder dates use current date
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
When running migrations we use BeyondCompare by Scooter Software (www.scootersoftware.com). It has the ability to multi-thread and migrate NTFS permission sets. It's like a GUI on RoboCopy that allows one to see where things are in the event of a failure.
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