Folders from PC to Server Share

Kim Levya
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Hi,
I have a user that uses two different PC's for logging in and has the same folders on each, so my thought was to merge both folders from both PC's to our File Server.  Is there an easy way to copy both over to the server into one folder without losing any data?
Also, how do I set the new folders permission to have her only have access to it?   I get nervous when setting permissions.

Thanks,
Kim
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Commented:
Ultimately you'll want to setup a roaming profile for this user:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj649079.aspx

In the meantime you can use Robocopy (after backing up both source PCs) to copy the files/folders to a central location at which point you can set the ACLs on the top-level folder to only include Full Control (or whatever you deem appropriate) for her account only and remove all others.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754344.aspx
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc733145.aspx

If you're working with shared folders on Windows server, you will have two options for permission - SMB and NTFS.  Just set the SMB permissions to Full Control for Everyone and use NTFS to restrict access.  Remember a rule of thumb is the most restrictive permission wins in this situation so the SMB perms would never be used.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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I (almost) completely disagree - Roaming profiles are HORRIBLE.  They potentially slow logon and logout and can, in GENERALLY rare but NOT NON-EXISTENT circumstances, cause data loss.

For roaming data, use Folder Redirection (for everyone - but watch the group policy setting for permissions or you can have a nightmare of a time gaining access when needed - even virus scanning).  Or if you don't want to, specify a "home drive" in the AD account profiles and store the files there.

As for permissions, as a general rule, NEVER set a user account to the permissions of a file or folder (or share).  The exception is ALMOST always home drives.  Use groups.  Adding and removing users to groups does not require adjusting permissions on all files like use single accounts would (which can be a time consuming and disk intensive operation).  Further, I always add the System account and Domain Admins to the list of users with Full Control rights.  (If you're domain admins are not trustworthy, they shouldn't be your domain admins).  And system is generally necessary for a variety of tasks.

As for merging the folders - Copy one into the other and then copy the combined folder to the server.  Then MOVE the folders on each workstation to a temporary location as BACKUPS (don't tell the user where - you don't want them using them locally when you're trying to put them on the server.

More info on Folder Redirection: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732275.aspx
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I'm with Lee W: I wouldn't use roaming profiles on a PC. I'd go with folder redirection.

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The roaming profile vs. folder redirection argument is not new, and there are potential gotchas for both.  For instance, folder redirection would not be ideal if used by applications that hard code the profile path.  The OP should research both and choose the one that works best for their specific environment.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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In this case, that's not what's happening based on what I'm reading.

And few apps use that kind of bad coding, thankfully.

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