f our projects after moving servers will be to clean up permissions and remove the full control.
I used robocopy a year or so ago to do just this. There is an option in robocopy that allows robocopy to run as the backup service to copy the data to the new location. This solve any issues I had with my admin account not having access to files on the volume I was moving.
robocopy /b = backup mode (if you don't have permissions, restart the copy of that file using the backup account)
This may be the missing link. Not that we shouldn't fix permissions, but we really do need to get the data transferred. I will give it a try over the weekend and let you know how things go. Thanks!
Why do you assume permissions are broken?
My boss has files on the server that I have no business touching. She can (and does) use Windows file permissions to prevent my casual looking at those files. I don't see a problem with this.
There's not a problem with using permissions to keep people out of folders as you mention, and it goes right along with the JITJEA principle. Our real issue is that the folks who setup permissions on the server set individual user permissions instead of assigning the permissions to groups. That's where it seems messy and broken to me. But I completely agree with you that there are things I don't need to stumble upon and see, and that's a good thing.