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Dealing with File Migration in Windows 2000

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This article, written by Windows author and consultant Lee Scales, provides three tables that illustrate how file and folder properties migrate from NetWare to Windows 2000.
This article was derived from Chapter 15, "Windows 2000 and Legacy Protocols," of Windows 2000 Power Toolkit, by Barry Shilmover, Stu Sjouwerman, et al.
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When migrating files from NetWare to a Windows 2000 domain, you can choose from a variety of File Options, as outlined in the following:

  • You can select which files are to be copied from NetWare to Windows 2000. If you are transferring the selected NetWare files to an NTFS partition, all copied directories and files retain their effective permissions.

  • You can choose what resource share names to use.

  • You can choose whether hidden and system files are transferred. By default, they are not.

By default, all the files with the proper settings are migrated except for the files stored in the NetWare Administrative directories, including \ETC, \LOGIN, \MAIL, and \SYSTEM. This is because these are files and directories that are specific to NetWare and cannot be used on a Windows 2000 system.

The differences between Windows 2000 and NetWare mean that certain file and directory properties might not translate perfectly from NetWare to Windows 2000. The following three tables have been constructed to illustrate how file and folder properties migrate. Table 1 illustrates how NetWare file rights map to Windows 2000 file permissions; Table 2 illustrates how file attributes migrate; Table 3 illustrates the relationship between NetWare folder rights and Windows 2000 folder permissions.

Table 1. NetWare File Rights and Windows 2000 File Permissions Compared

NetWare File Rights

Windows 2000 File Permissions

Access Control (A)

Change Permissions (P)

Create (C)

Write (W)

Erase (E)

Delete (X)

File Scan (F)

Read (RX)

Modify (M)

Read/Write (RW)

Read (R)

Read (RX)

Supervisory (S)

Full Control (ALL)

Write (W)

Write (W)

Table 2. NetWare and Windows 2000 File Attributes Compared

NetWare File Attributes

Windows 2000 File Attributes

Archive Needed (A)

Archive (A)

Copy Inhibit (C)

Ignored and not transferred

Delete Inhibit (D)

Ignored and not transferred

Execute only (X)

Ignored and not transferred

Hidden (H)

Hidden (H)

Indexed (I)

Ignored and not transferred

Purge (P)

Ignored and not transferred

Read Audit (Ra)

Ignored and not transferred

Rename Inhibit (R)

Ignored and not transferred

Read Only (Ro)

Read Only (R)

Read Write (RW)

None; files without the Read attribute can be read and written to

System (SY)

System (S)

Shareable (Sh)

Ignored and not transferred

Transactional (T)

Ignored and not transferred

Write Audit (Wa)

Ignored and not transferred

Table 3. Comparison of NetWare Folder Rights and Windows 2000 Folder Permissions

NetWare Folder Rights

Windows 2000 Folder Permissions

Access Control (A)

Change Permissions (P)

Create (C)

Add (WX) (not specified)

Erase (E)

Change (RWXD) (RWXD)

File Scan (F)

List (RX) (not specified)

Modify (M)

Change (RWXD) (RWXD)

Read (R)

Read (RX) (RX)

Supervisory (S)

Full Control (All) (All)

Write (W)

Change (RWXD) (RWXD)

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