Transfering ACLs from Old to New Structure

Hollander, Zachary D 1 Reputation point

I am reconstructing a clients On-Prem active directory (AD). There are multiple levels that are being condensed into a single level. Running a Get/Set-ACL script worked for the first level of the old structure. I was able to add all the groups and permissions to the new structure's object units (OUs). When I ran the script again moving the old second level OU's ACLs to the new structure the script made the new structure's ACLs look identical to the second level. I thought the script would append. It did not. I did my research and could not find a PowerShell append ACL cmdlet. I am currently setting all the ACLs manually by comparing the old structure to the new one, adding groups and setting permissions, one by one. Is there a way that I can speed this up?

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  1. Limitless Technology 39,461 Reputation points

    Hi @Hollander, Zachary D

    There is no fix all for this but the following powershell commands may be useful:

    Use SetAccessRuleProtection() to disable inheritance and remove inherited ACEs:

    $acl.SetAccessRuleProtection($true, $false)
    Use RemoveAccessRule() to remove existing (non-inherited) ACEs:

    $acl.Access | ForEach-Object { $acl.RemoveAccessRule($_) | Out-Null }
    Use AddAccessRule() to add new ACEs:

    $ace = New-Object Security.AccessControl.FileSystemAccessRule "user", ...
    Do this only for the topmost folder. Leave inheritance enabled everywhere below, so your changes are propagated automatically.

    I hope this answers your question.


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