robocopy or powershel to migrate home folders

Posted on 2016-09-08
Last Modified: 2016-10-28
dear experts

I have over 100 home folders I need to migrate ( leave no copy behind) a new folder called "migrated_users" in a new folder in the same volume

is it possible to take ownership of users' home folders and putting them in a new folder with robocoy or powershell?

I have a list of users in a csv file with their samaccoutnames that script needs to look and   find their home folders  in a share (\\servername\sharename\home) and then place them in a new folder (\\servername\sharename\home\migrated_users)  

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Expert Comment

ID: 41789897
You should be able to run robocopy in an elevated administrator command prompt:

robocopy \\servername\sharename\home \\servername\sharename\home\migrated_users /mir /copyall

Are you having access problems?

Author Comment

ID: 41789908
no access problems but would be better to avoid access problems if there are any folders that I don't have access but administrator is the owner of the folders and some owned by users themselves.

your script would copy everything in the share which I do not want. it needs to copy specified users
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Expert Comment

ID: 41789935
foreach  %i in (userlist) do robocopy \\servername\sharename\home\%i \\servername\sharename\home\migrated_users\%i /mir /copyall
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serialband earned 334 total points
ID: 41789938

Author Comment

ID: 41789981
Hi Serialband,

both scripts won't do what I am trying to achieve. it is looking for a source and destination locations to copy everything over.

with the Robocopy still not sure how it is importing userlist to search in a source location...

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Accepted Solution

serialband earned 334 total points
ID: 41790033
For the scripts, you need to replace the sourcepath and destination paths with those of your system.

In the foreach loop, you need to replace userlist with a comma separated list of files.

If you want to load the list from a separate text file, you'll need to do the following:

for /F "tokens=*" %i in (userlist.txt) do robocopy \\servername\sharename\home\%i \\servername\sharename\home\migrated_users\%i /mir /copyall
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compdigit44 earned 166 total points
ID: 41793512
Here is a thought.

1) On the current home folder directory use icacls.exe to export the ACL's of all folder and file permissions

2) Run robocopy to copy all data to new directory structure

3) update the icacls text file export to include the new directory path and import

****** Test everything before doing it in production******

Author Comment

ID: 41803666
resolved this using third party tools.

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