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Copy or migrate shared folders to another server

Migrating or copying files to another server and retaining the permissions is a common task when migrating a file server.
If all permissions are successfully retained it will make the migration seamless and nobody will ever notice that a migration has taken place.
If there are shared folders and with different permissions, re-sharing the folder by scratch is just time consuming and giving access denied to users will be inevitable.
But how to copy files and folders, like it was exactly done on the old server?
In Windows environment, just 3 steps are needed. 3 steps sound easy and quick.
Steps below will work for NTFS permissions and folder access rights solely depends on it.
a.Copy the files to the new server and retaining its permissions while files and folders are being copied b.Export the shares registry (old server) c.Import the shares registry (new server)
The link below from Microsoft website shows how xcopy can copy folder and retain the permissions.
https://support.microsoft.com/…

Copy a single file using robocopy

Copy a single file using robocopy from a local folder to a shared folder on the network.
A simple rule of thumb before any disaster strike, don't interchange the source and the destination.

If source and destination is mistakenly reverse, files might get overwritten. To avoid any loss of data do a test with a dummy file to ensure things work perfectly.
Robocopy [source][destination]   [file to be copied]
robocopy c:\local_c_folder  \\PC_network\shared_folder   file_to_be_copied_xx.txt
The command will be completed successfully provided the network access right has no issues.

Robocopy works quite good on large files. A simple copy or xcopy command will also work but the speed might vary.

However, if the file (ex. an ISO file) and is more than 4GB and the filesystem  of the thumbdrive or the storage is FAT system, then robocopy or any methods of copying will not work. Since FAT has a file size limitation of less than 3GB.

Robocopy is free it can be accessed from command line. No ne…

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