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    File Server Migration Wizard - not working

    I'm trying to move about 1000 users to a new server with lots of new storage space, windows 2008 R2 x64. The old users shares are on 2003 servers and I thought the file server migration tool would be perfect for the job.

    I ran a migrate job and all of the users folders seems to port across, the NTFS permissions look fine and the folders are showing as shared. However, the permissions on the Advanced Sharing tab only show full access to Administrators. On the 2003 server Everyone had full access and the NTFS permissions set the 'real' permissions.

    So none of the shares work as they have no access to it, even though the permissions on the Share (not Advanced Sharing) show the user as having 'Contribute' rights.

    So either the FSM just doesn't work, or I've manually got to reshare every single one and add Everyone into the Share permissions list? That doesn't sound right to me?

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    Are these student home areas? I have a batch file to repair the permissions if you like?

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    Yes they are students folders and its only the Advanced Share permissions that seem missing. Does your batch file correct that? The Share and NTFS permissions look correct (i.e same as on the 2003 server)

    I'm not sure what the difference between Sharing and Advanced Sharing is on 2008 server, except the fact it stops the sharing from actually working! I've tried the FSM and also used robocopy and the registry filer (lanmanserver) and I get the same results.

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    The batch fille will grant the user modify rights to the students own home area only (providing the folders are the same as the username). Everything else you set at top level.

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    Is that at the share level - if so that might work nicely?

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    It sounds like you're trying to share each user folder, is that right? If so - don't do that. Share the root folder only with whichever permissions you need (Authenticated Users for me) with Full Control. The rest is sorted from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheridan View Post
    Is that at the share level - if so that might work nicely?
    How do you mean please?

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    I'm not explaining it very well!

    Basically we have a share per user - thats what I'm trying to transfer over to the 2008 server, which is sort of working, apart from the share permissions!

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    Per user share for 1000 users on one machine = very bad thing. I'm not up on the technical reasons, but it presents a very heavy load on the server, and is not necessary. You can quickly fix this with a single share, and your system will run better and be easier to manage in the future!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Per user share for 1000 users on one machine = very bad thing. I'm not up on the technical reasons, but it presents a very heavy load on the server, and is not necessary. You can quickly fix this with a single share, and your system will run better and be easier to manage in the future!
    We have all our kids on one server. TBH file servers dont use lots of RAM etc. I have beefed it up though. Its a virtual machine in a cluster and so is fully redundant

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    I've decided to ditch the FSM as its not working predictably. I'm going to robocopy everything over and re-structure the shares to use a root level share instead of the existing (historical) invidividual shares. Makes my life a lot easier!

    Cheers for the info and ideas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    We have all our kids on one server. TBH file servers dont use lots of RAM etc. I have beefed it up though. Its a virtual machine in a cluster and so is fully redundant
    Us too - 900 users, but a single share. The server never breaks a sweat, and it's old - but it's a physical machine.

    To the OP - yeah we used robocopy to do this too.

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