Clone local user groups and NTFS permissions from one computer to another


We’re migrating from ServerA to ServerB. Are there Powershell scripts out there which can:

  1. Clone the local user groups from ServerA, and replicate them on ServerB?
    A) Assume domain membership in the local user groups - I can add in the local users manually.
    B) However, if I recreate the local users from ServerA on ServerB first, then if the script can add both the domain and local users (IOW an (u)exact (/u)copy with no manual intervention) then all the better.

  2. Clone the NTFS permissions from ServerA and replicate them on ServerB.
    Assume identical drive letters and directory names/paths between ServerA and ServerB.

Apologies if this is a FAQ - I Googled extensively before posting, but I still haven’t found what I’m looking for :slight_smile:


This is not a cookbook forum :slight_smile: Have you tried any powershell script to do what you want to do or just google it up?

To find out all local groups use:

$LocalMachineName = $env:computername
Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_Group -filter "Domain = '$LocalMachineName'"

To list all users from local groups use:

$LocalMachineName = $env:computername
$LocalGroupList = Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_Group -filter "Domain = '$LocalMachineName'"

foreach($LocalGroup in $LocalGroupList)
$groupname = $LocalGroup.Name

$group = [ADSI]"WinNT://./$groupname"
ECHO "-----$($objLocalGroup.caption)-----"
@($group.Invoke("Members")) | foreach {$_.GetType().InvokeMember("Name", 'GetProperty', $null, $_, $null)}

I think this is enought to have a list of users in local groups and add them into second server. If you want to replicate data with NTFS permissions I would use robocopy.exe.

Have a nice day,