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I'm attempting to copy a directory tree, maintaining its ownership information using the command:

XCOPY S:\ProjectsDefault\Template\admin S:\Projects\00\111\admin /S /E /I /O

the command gives an Access denied error message, and while it does create the directory tree, the ownership and ACL information is not copied.

This is being done on a Windows 2008 R2 Server which has mounted a share from a Windows 2003 R2 domain controller. The user has been been granted full access to the share and is a member of the Domain Admins security group.

Oddly enough, the command does work if performed on a different (Windows 2003 R2 Server). (It also works if done using the Domain Administrator account on the 2008 server.)

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Have you tried running your command shell as Administrator? Some of your privileges will be filtered away by the UAC.

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I was hoping to be able to grant the approriate rights to the user, rather than use the Adminsitrator account - the odd thing is that it only seems to fail on the 2008 server, so I suspect there is something I'm missing with my security setup. – darklion Mar 17 '11 at 3:47

Personally I like robocopy more than xcopy. Robocopy is a bit more robust., and also has better logging capability. The command you will need to use will be like this then:

robcopy "S:\ProjectsDefault\Tempalte\admin" "S:\Projects\00\111\admim" /e /copyall

See here for more information about robocopy.By the way isn't there a spelling mistake in Tempalte (instead of Template) Robocopy

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Robocopy is quite useful, though it also has the same issues - I used /COPY:DATSO rather than /COPYALL. (Fixed the spelling mistake, but that was only a transcription error.) – darklion Mar 17 '11 at 3:50
What is the exact error message you are getting? Have you also checked that you have the approriate permissions on the source and destination? – Guido van Brakel Mar 17 '11 at 12:09
Access Denied. I have permissions to create the files/directories; indeed there are no error messages if I do an XCOPY /S /E /I. – darklion Mar 18 '11 at 8:48

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