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Program needed for file sync.

Discussion in 'Software' started by nugget, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

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    Anyone know of a program that will copy and synchronise files and folders while also keeping the original users permissions?

    I've tried alway sync and also beyond compare and both are very good but when doing the copy or sync they both change the permissions and ownership. I need to transfer about 50GB of data to a new location and also have the changes synchronised for a short time until the new location is made active as well as keeping the original permissions.
     
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    My favourites are rsync and mirror. Or were you looking for a specificaly Windows solution? :p

    Harry.
     
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  3. nugget
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    Thanks Harry. I wouldn't shut out rsync or even rdif but I'd rather have a windows based solution. We're actually moving away from our linux setup very soon (actually this is part of the migration) so I'd like a solution that I can take care of.
     
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    Believe it or not I found one. The features say that it synchronises the security, ownership and also auditing permissions. Hooray I thought until I saw the note at the bottom saying that both source and destination must be formatted with ntfs to copy these attributes.

    The source is formatted with some sort of freaky ext3 format thanks to linux.:x
     
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    Hm - I hadn't realized that you were moving from ext3 (which is a good fs IMHO :p ) to Windows.

    AFAIK there is no 'perfect' mapping of permissions between the two worlds, particularly if people have been 'creative' in their use, so you will have to accept some compromise. In addition there are file format and character-set issues.

    I don't envy you the job!

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    That sort of migration can cause more problems than it resolves, and permission crawl will not get the chance to be cleaned up in the process
    personally I would of deployed the users groups and folder structure, assigned required group / user permissions to the structure then moved the files over clean

    more work now
    less work down the line
    cleaner, leaner permission structure
     
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  7. nugget
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    Thanks for the input guys.

    Ryan, I might just go with that idea. I was looking for a quick way to do it as I don't really have time to mess around. One problem with this is that the users don't know what they want and what they want to do with it. Getting a decision on anything like this is very painful.
     
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