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How to Back Up NTFS Permissions in MSP360 Backup

How to Back Up NTFS Permissions in MSP360 Backup

This article refers to MSP360 Backup 4.5 and later.

We are glad to announce that starting from MSP360 Backup 4.5 release, we have added the ability to back up and restore NTFS permissions!

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    Previously, MSP360 Backup did not retain NTFS security permissions when performing data backup. From now on, you can back up and restore your files, folders and network shares with the complete set of their NTFS permissions.

    Let's see how it works!

    How to Backup NTFS permissions with MSP360 Backup

    Run MSP360 Backup and click on Files button to start Backup Plan Wizard.
    run wizard button

    In the Advanced Options step of the Wizard, enable the Backup NTFS permissions option and hit Next to proceed.
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    Select the folders and files you want to back up with all their custom NTFS permissions.
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    Once the backup is done, you'll see the backed up objects in the Backup Storage.
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    Note: In the Backup Storage section, you can find only the actual backed up files and folders. It does not display NTFS permissions of those objects. You can find these NTFS permissions displayed in the History tab.
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    How to Restore NTFS permissions with MSP360 Backup

    Run MSP360 Backup and click Restore to start Restore Plan Wizard.

    In the Advanced Options step, just enable the Backup NTFS permissions option and hit Next to complete the restore plan.
    restore_ntfs_permissions

    Note: The NTFS permissions are kept within the file version. If you modify NTFS permissions for the file but do not modify the file itself then the next backup iteration will back up only the updated permissions for that file. So, during the restore process, that file will be restored with the latest set of its NTFS permissions.

    Conclusion

    With the latest version of MSP360 Backup solution, you don't have to worry about saving the NTFS permissions for your data. You can back up your files retaining all their NTFS permissions and easily restore them back to any location with the same set of permissions. Additionally, you can back up and restore NTFS permissions only, without the files they are assigned to which is an especially useful feature for server administrators.

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