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    Copying user areas to a new Server

    I'm trying to copy all our student user areas over to a new server. I have tried;

    - Drag 'n' Drop -Just wont do it
    - Xcopy - Runs out of memory due to directory paths longer than 256 chars
    - XXCopy - Just stops about half way through

    I'm Currently tring to zip groups of folders for copying. Does anyone have any better solutions

    Many Thanks

    .Adam

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    Re: Copying user areas to a new Server

    Use robocopy, rsync or ntbackup.

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    Re: Copying user areas to a new Server

    Thanks for the quick reply hopefuly that will sort everything out

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    Re: Copying user areas to a new Server

    And if you use Quotas you may need to reset the Ownership of the files to the correct user.

    When we moved ours it ended up that Administrator owned all the files so effectively kids got double space.

    There's a program called chown.exe which will reset file owerships based on the folder they're in, so if the main folder is 'BillBailey' it will set all subfolders and files to have 'BillBailey' as the owner.

    Incidentally the command we used for copying was:
    xcopy D:\Users\2000 "F:\Leavers\2007" /e /c /h /o /i /y

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    Re: Copying user areas to a new Server

    *2 for Robocopy...

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    Re: Copying user areas to a new Server

    one way if you want to keep all permissions which im sure you do, is use backup software and redirect to the new place

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    Re: Copying user areas to a new Server

    Quote Originally Posted by mrforgetful
    Incidentally the command we used for copying was:
    xcopy D:\Users\2000 "F:\Leavers\2007" /e /c /h /o /i /y
    I think I might start doing this - it's a pain sorting out a years worth of users when the whole school s in the same root folder.

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    Re: Copying user areas to a new Server

    My God I've inadvertantly helped tidy something, seems I just can't help myself.

    The annoying thing about this method is when you don't get told people left. I still have the 1998 folder, which means we've either got people who've retaken 2/3 years or they have left.
    This year all Sixth Form accounts are disabled until I hear otherwise, then I'll purge it all.

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    Re: Copying user areas to a new Server

    I would vote for Robocopy too, and you can get it to copy security and ownership details too, using /COPYALL

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    Re: Copying user areas to a new Server

    Thanks everyone robocopy is working no problems. Now I just have to deal with some of the office staff who have the ability to set their own permisions and they have done it on individual files.......... FFS

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    Re: Copying user areas to a new Server

    Just logon to the server as the administrator and take ownership of the folder and contents, change the permissions and then give ownership back.



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