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Users and Permissions: Mapping for Success


When planning a data migration between two different systems, understanding how those systems treat users and permissions differently is a key part of the planning process. It is important to understand two key factors:

  1. What your goals are for users and permissions
  2. What the source and target systems support

For example, perhaps you wish to preserve the source permissions and users as closely as possible. On the other hand, perhaps you are using this data migration as an opportunity to “clean up” permissions and sharing. Alternatively, maybe this is an archive-oriented migration and you want to deliberately change sharing, ownership and permissions.

The sections below describe some of the many use cases that Cloud FastPath supports for user and permission mapping.

Choosing a Scenario

Scenario Preserve Permissions Preserve Folder Structure Move All Files
Ownership Only No Yes Yes
Preserve File Structure, Grant Additional Permissions No Yes Yes
Preserve Permissions, Change File Structure* Yes No Yes
Warn User on Permission Conflicts (and skip non-conforming files/folders as default) Yes Yes No

*This option can be executed automatically for Windows to Box jobs, but you will need to add the option to your account. Contact shuttle-support@box.com and tell them you need the “change structure preserve share” flag. Once that flag is added, you will see an option on the Mapping Strategy page of the mapping wizard to “Preserve Permissions, Change File Structure.”

Generate the map as usual, and you will see redirects in the mapping sheet whenever an item has reduced permissions. For example, if a Windows folder /folder/foldera/folderSecret has reduced permissions, it will set up a redirect in the mapping sheet to a root directory named folder>foldera>folderSecret with the correct permissions.

Updated on July 7, 2021

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