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Secure Copy

Secure Copy

Secure Copy provides server and data consolidation with awsome power and features with seamless integration and unsurpassed functionality with copying files. Secure Copy permits seamless migration while keeping the security intact, creating shares, and migrating local groups, allowing an administrator to copy files and directories on NTFS partitions.

Secure Copy also includes functionality such as differential copying, full command line support, saving multiple jobs, and scheduling jobs to run after hours. Migrate local groups to Active Directory, an NT 4.0 domain or a target server while copying.


Key Benefits

Simplify and complete server consolidation

  • Reduce migration time by incrementally synchronizing the data between servers. Only migrate data that has changed on the source server since your last migration.

No agents required.

  • Migrate files, folders, shares and local groups while keeping their security intact.

Unrivaled migration speed.

  • Manage at what time and how migrations occur.
  • Unlike competitor's tools, no error-prone scripts needed.
  • Schedule unattended operations to run after hours during reduced network traffic.
  • Run migrations in the background.

Reduce the total cost of your server consolidation project

  • Achieve the ROI benefit from your NAS/SAN storage solutions faster than you planned.
  • Incremental synchronization reduces your total migration time; therefore, reduces total cost.
  • Automated data migration lessens the amount of time and resources needed.
  • Provides improved data management which reduces your storage costs.
  • Reduce the amount of file servers in your network, reducing your overall costs.

Prevent impact on your network with Zero system downtime and Zero Impact on Users

  • The ideal migration - no effect on helpdesk or end users.
  • Migrate from production source servers without affecting your network's accessibility.
  • Maintain the source storage location as writeable during migration.
  • Installation not required on each managed server.

Realize ROI benefits sooner from NAS/SAN storage solutions

  • Decrease operating costs by diminishing the quantity of file and print servers in your network.
  • Reduce data storage costs through better data management.
  • Significantly simplifies server consolidation, replacement and upgrades.

Protect your system's security

  • Reduce risk by maintaining file and share permissions appropriately.
  • Preserves data accurately.
  • Used throughout the world for reliable migration of gigabytes and terabytes of data.

Upgrade your server environment

  • Compatible with Microsoft's Cluster Server.
  • Makes it easy to upgrade servers in order to complete Windows 2000/XP migration or lease expirations.


Key Features

Migrate local groups to Active Directory, an NT 4.0 domain or a target server while copying.
Secure Copy is one of the only tools available that will migrate local groups while copying files and their permissions. (A local group is local to the machine it was created on.) If a local group has permissions on a file in your source server, Secure Copy will create the local group on the destination server, an Active Directory domain, or Windows NT 4.0 domain and modify the permissions list on the destination file to reflect the newly created local group. If you were to use the "scopy.exe" or "robocopy.exe" programs from the NT resource kit, every local group would appear as "Account Unknown" in the destination file's permissions list. If the local group name already exists on the destination server, you can be prompted for a new name or select a prefix or suffix naming convention.

Multiple Copy Destinations
Copy files from one source server to multiple destinations - all in the same job. Replicate your data to multiple machines around the network with this new feature. Great for websites and project data.

Enhanced Job Scheduling
Once you have saved a job, you can then schedule that job to run at specified intervals. This feature now requires the Task Scheduler to be installed. It's installed with Internet Explorer 5.0 or greater (IE5.0) You no longer have to be logged on in order for your scheduled jobs to run.

Include / Exclude
Include and exclude specified file types or entire folders from your copy job. You may wish to exclude "TMP" files, or only copy "DOC" or "XLS" files or exclude folders named "Temporary Internet Files".

Retain security while you copy
If you use Windows NT Explorer or the copy and xcopy commands to copy files, the file permissions are not copied with the file. However, with Secure Copy, you can move the files along with their permissions.

Create shares while copying
Migrate existing shares on the source server to the destination server. As Secure Copy copies each folder, it first checks to see if that folder is shared. If so, Secure Copy will create the share on the destination server and copy the permissions to the share. This outstanding feature alone makes Secure Copy worth the investment.

Full Command Line Support
Secure Copy is fully functional directly from the command line.


New Features

From version 3, Secure Copy has added several new functions. Among these are:

  • For users wanting more flexibility over group and user migration, Secure Copy lets you choose to migrate local groups and users to Active Directory, a Windows NT 4.0 domain or to the target server.
  • Other user options now include the ability specify a password for migrated user accounts, choose whether or not to migrate local groups or local users and choose whether or not to synchronize target members with source members on servers. You can even choose how BUILTIN groups are appended to.
  • Added Advanced Options provide several advanced features, such as "Reset Last Accessed Date on source files", "Synchronize Last Accessed Date and Create Date on target w/source", "Always copy perms, even on skipped files" and "Clear Archive Bit on source after copying" copy options.
  • Verbose logging eases troubleshooting of jobs and ensures that they are successful.
  • An option to compress or not compress target files has been added. If a file is compressed on the source, when it's copied, it can be compressed on the destination.
  • With Secure Copy, once you have saved a job, you can then schedule that job to run at specified intervals. This feature uses the Microsoft Task Scheduler. You no longer have to be logged on in order for your scheduled jobs to run. Secure Copy now supports multiple copy destinations, allowing you to copy files from one source server to multiple destinations, all in the same job. Replicate your data to multiple machines around the network with this new feature. This is great for websites and project data.
  • For control over what is copied you can include and exclude specified file types or entire folders from your copy job. You may wish to exclude "TMP" files, or only copy "DOC", and "XLS" files or exclude folders named "Temporary Internet Files".
  • Distribution of Secure Copy is provided in the Windows Installer format to provide robust, self-repairing and easily distributable packages.


SCREEN SHOTS

Secure Copy 1
Use Secure Copy version 3.0 to copy files to multiple destinations.
Secure Copy 2
Screen shot: Configure Secure Copy for general copying of data.
Secure Copy 3
Screen shot: Options for migrating local groups or users to another server.



DOCUMENTATION, WHITE PAPERS and OTHER FILES

Secure Copy Data Sheet
Security Copy Executive Overview
Evaluating Secure Copy
Secure Copy White Paper

LICENSING

Secure Copy is licensed on a per server basis. This means that Secure Copy requires that a license be purchased for each server that will have data copied to or from it. This includes Network Attached Storage devices and the like. This does not mean that Secure Copy must have the software installed on each machine to be migrated or consolidated, as Secure Copy performs all of the functions without the use of agents on remote machines. Secure Copy’s use as a migration tool makes the licenses non transferable.



MAINTENANCE

Maintenance and support is included in the price of Secure Copy, when Purchasing from AMT Software.


HARDWARE/SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

Supported Platforms:
Windows NT 4.0 Workstation
Windows NT 4.0 Server
Windows NT 4.0 Server Enterprise Edition
Windows 2000 Professional
Windows 2000 Server
Windows 2000 Advanced Server
Windows XP Professional
Windows 2003 Server
Windows 2003 Server Enterprise
MS Cluster Server

Minimum Hardware:
x86 Pentium class or equivalent processor, 128 MB RAM

Recommended Hardware:
Intel Pentium III/AMD Athlon or equivalent or higher, 256 MB RAM, 25 MB free hard disk space for installation, sufficient hard disk space on the target server to allow the data to be copied.

Supported Source and Destination Platforms:
Windows NT 4.0 Workstation
Windows NT 4.0 Server
Windows NT 4.0 Server Enterprise Edition
Windows 2000 Professional
Windows 2000 Server
Windows 2000 Advanced Server
Windows XP Professional
Windows 2003 Server Standard
Windows 2003 Server Enterprise
Network Attached Storage devices (NAS)*
Storage Area Networks (SAN)*
*Check with AMT Software for currently supported NAS and SAN models.

FAQ's

What is Secure Copy and why do I need it?
When using native Windows NT/2000 copying methods such as NT Explorer, the ‘copy’ command or ‘xcopy’ command, file permissions do not get copied along with the data. Secure Copy allows an administrator to copy files and directories on NTFS partitions while keeping the security intact, recreating shares, and migrating local groups. All of this functionality is available in an easy to use GUI and command line interface, which keeps you updated on copy progress, as well as any errors that may occur.

Won’t I get “Account Unknown” when I view security for local groups and users?
Secure Copy will migrate local groups while copying files. A local group is local to the machine it was created on. If a local group has permissions on a file in your source server, Secure Copy will create the local group on the destination server and modify the access control lists on the destination files and folders to reflect the newly created local group. If you were to use the "scopy.exe" program in the NT resource kit, every local group would appear as "Account Unknown" in the destination file's permissions list. If the local group name already exists on the destination server, you can be prompted for a new name or select a prefix or postfix naming convention.

Does Secure Copy allow me to save a job to be scheduled at a later date?
People often have the need to copy the same folders from one place to another many times or to run a job at a more convenient time. To facilitate this, we've added the ability to save any job. These jobs are saved in a user extensible XML file. This eliminates the need for writing batch files that use the command-line interface to perform a routine copy.

Does Secure Copy allow me to schedule large jobs to run at a more convenient time?
Secure Copy allows you to define a job, which is to set a source path, a target path, and copy options so that you can use the job in the future, either on-demand or scheduled.

Can I schedule a job to run more than once?
Once you have saved a job, you can then schedule that job to run at specified intervals. This features gives you the ability to schedule backups of critical files, replicate data to member servers at a specified time, or perform any number of other useful tasks that require getting data securely from one place to another without requiring user intervention.

What if I only want to save the files that have changed? Will Secure Copy allow me to just rewrite the files that have changed?
If you regularly copy files from one place to another, you will quickly realize that a lot of files are being copied unnecessarily because they haven't changed since the last time you copied them. If this is the case, you can tell Secure Copy to skip the file by selected a "Copy only changed source files..." option. In addition to checking for changes in file content, Secure Copy also checks to see if any permissions have been changed on the file as well.

Does Secure Copy allow me to rewrite the destination to be just like the source?
Copying files from one place to another is often thought of as a one-way process. Secure Copy hanges that by allowing you to synchronize the source and target destinations. This is great if you want to keep servers in-sync with each other by replicating files between multiple locations. This ability also removes unnecessary files that have built up over time and are no longer needed or do not exist, such as Temporary Internet Files.

Can I use a command line interface?
Secure Copy is now fully functional directly from the command line. It has a full GUI and command line interface. If you are just moving a couple of shares, it might be easier to open the GUI and fill in a simple form. However, if you are migrating several servers in your domain to new servers, you might want to create a batch file to do these off-hours.

What about file shares? I’ve got 100 file shares on one drive; can Secure Copy help me create the shares on the destination server?
Yes. In fact, Secure Copy has the option to migrate file shares to the destinations server while copying the files. As Secure Copy is moving through folders in your directory hierarchy, it will check each directory to see if it is shared on the source server. If so, it will create the same share with the same permissions on the destination server.

I have tried other security copying tools. They just don’t work. When I use them all my Local Groups get the error "Account Unknown"? Will Secure Copy solve this problem?
Yes. Secure Copy was designed with this in mind. The problem with other third party software is that they do not create new SID’s (security identifiers) for Local Groups. Secure Copy does, and it solves this type of problem.

What operating systems will Secure Copy work with?
Secure Copy will install and function properly with Windows NT/2000/XP and can copy data to certain Network Attached Storage devices. Secure Copy will not install or work correctly with Windows 9x/ME, OS/2, UNIX or Novell Netware.

Does Secure Copy work with FAT or NFS?
Secure Copy only works on NTFS volumes and certain CIFS volumes. Please check with our Support Team for further information.

How are saved jobs scheduled and run in Secure Copy?
Secure Copy uses the Windows Task Scheduler service. This is included with Internet Explorer 5 or later with the Offline Browsing Pack installed. Windows 2000 and later have this built in. Windows NT 4.0 will need to be upgraded work correctly.

 

 

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