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Created an "empty" Server 2016 domain. How to "fill it" with old server data and retain original last modification date on all folders.

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It is time to replace our incredibly simple sbs2003 domain with a virtualized windows server essentials 2016 domain. It is just a file server for a dozen windows 10 clients.  No exchange, sql or other complications.

The new WSEServer  environment uses shadowprotect SPX 6.5.3 for daily backups.

The old sbs2003 used shadowprotect 3, but I believe we could also run SPX 6.4.3 on the old machine which might help solve my problem.


We have tested the following:

Step 1 created an "empty" Server04 machine with 10 users and internet connectivity. (\\Server04 is the hypervisor, and \\WSEServer is the virtual fileserver.)

Step 2 use Robocopy to copy old server d:\data\OfficeFolders\ to a USB

Step 3 use robocopy to copy USB to \\WSSERVER\data\OfficeFolders

The test worked very well, except all 10,000 folders now have last date modified as 11/3/2017. Luckily, the file level date is correct so 300,000 files all look fine.

For reasons that are too complicated to explain, losing the folder level dates is a big deal for us. We can live with it, but it will irritate me daily for the next 3 years.

Does anybody have any suggestions?  We tried restoring the SBS 2003 shadow protect 3.0 backups for our restore, but the SIDs caused a bunch of access denied problems.  We tried taking ownership of the USB folders and lower levels, but that step alone ran for about 3 hours. We then tried to restore again, and things went even further downhill.

Does anybody have any ideas?

For instance, if Shadow Protect BACKUP had an option for dropping SIDs that would be great, but I cannot see such an option. Another possibility would be a RESTORE that would automatically drop the SIDS, but that seems even less likely to be possible.
Or possibly a routine that will copy the date mod field and zap the folders after they were restored.  

Maybe powershell to the rescue?

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