Mass movement of network file shares removed SHARE permissions RRS feed

  • Question

  • We had a 10 year old server that had two iscsi drives containing all our company's shared file storage, about 2.5 TBs.

    A couple of days ago, we had to move those iscsi drives to a new server in order to retire the old server.

    Through previous experience, we were prepared for the loss of our "shares" but not the loss of our security permissions.  We documented every share and who had permissions to each folder. We were not surprised that this indeed occurred.

    As we were manually and hurriedly reapplying share permissions, we couldn't help but ask ourselves, "what does a company like Boeing do in a case such as this?"

    For our company, it took two people only about 45 minutes to complete the job but we are growing. In the future, is there a more automated procedure we could do instead of the manual flurry to quickly reset shares and their permissions after moving iscsi shared files and folders to another server?

    Please have an answer for us and thanks for your time.


    Tuesday, March 25, 2014 7:45 PM


  • Hi Sue,

    NTFS permission is on file/folder so we could migrate it with files/folders.

    However Share permission is stored in registry key:


    If the path of all folders will not be changed, you can output and import the key to the new server directly.

    If path will be changed, you will need to modify the keys before import. 

    If you have any feedback on our support, please send to tnfsl@microsoft.com.

    Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:36 AM