"Elegant" Permissions Restoration?
Newbie to the forum in slight panic, so please forgive me any faux pas in advance.
As background: I'm a relatively new (several weeks into it) Network Manager at a school. I completed an MCSE 6 years ago, and my server skills are a little rusty.
During the Summer holidays, prior to my employment, the school's server were migrated from physical boxes with 2003 to virtual (Hyper-V) servers with 2008 R2.
A mass data copy was done of the students 2003 home holders to the new 2008 server. It transpires that during this copy the permissions were not copied (I remember mention of an XCOPY issue). So a bodged fix was put in place where each set of home folders were restricted by graduate year, rather than reinstating the individual permissions. There are over 1,500 student folders.
Some students have discovered that using certain older applications e.g. Adobe CS4, they can gain access to folders below their own home folders, and then browse all the student folders within their year, and both add and delete files from their fellow students. A problem as you can imagine.
In short, is there any elegant way to restore these individual permissions back, using a program (or whatever!) short of having to manually reinstate the permissions on each individual home folder?
Note the home folders of course have the username of each individual student.