Drag & Drop

In Drag & Drop mode the scanned permissions are represented in a directory tree.

The Drag & Drop mode stands out because of the fact that the user- and group-names do not need to be written manually any more. To set permissions, you can search objects like users or groups in the AD, put them in a clipboard, and then draw from there or from anywhere in the current tree to any folder in the new draft, therefore “Drag and Drop”.

1. Create your future directories

There are two possibilities to generate the directories for the future folder structure:

1.1. Table Mode

The simplest thing is to place the directories in the table-mode. Thus you can read the scanned directories as well as the data from an Excel table. There can also be additional directories placed which did not exist initially.

1.2. Drag & Drop Mode

The Drag & Drop mode cannot be used in a Novell migration.
If the table-mode is skipped, you can take over directories individually in the Drag & Drop mode from your scanned folders to your future directory structure. For this purpose, click the right mouse button on a directory in your current folders to view the context menu. Here you start the function “Use this directory for the new target state”. There are 3 new windows opened. In the first you find the selected directory.
If one selects a directory directly under the Share, then only this directory is transferred.
If one selects a directory lying further down, then all directories from the Share to the selected directory are transferred.

Initial state

In the directory “book keeping” the context menu is called and “Use this directory for the new target state” is selected. The directory “accounting” shows up in the window “State in progress”. Permissions are not transferred here.

path transfer

With the transfer of the first directory, three new windows are opened:

  • State in progress: Here you place a new tree structure by taking over the directories from the initial state.
  • Permissions in work: Here you can set permissions for the selected directories.
  • Clipboard: Here you can search and place users and groups from the AD, to assign their permissions in the new tree structure.

2. User and Group Authorization

We now go from the window “new state in progress” to one of the directories that have been transferred. In the   window “New Permissions in Progress” appears an empty structure with the following entries:

All Permissions

  • Read and Execute
  • Write
  • Modify
  • Modify Plus
  • Full Control

The names already state that these are permission folders for the directory, in which the user or groups who are to be permitted can be put, corresponding to the rights, which they are to receive.

2.1. Transferring Users and Groups from the Initial State

First of all, select a directory from the initial state, which you want to set permissions on.
In the window “initial state of permissions” individual or multiple objects can be marked and drawn in the desired permission folder of the selected directory.

D&D vom Ausgangszustand

In the account-window the members of a group or a permissions can be displayed and individual or multiple options are selected, to drag them into the state in progress:

transfering member

2.2. Transferring Users and Groups from the AD

In the right window of the “Clipboard”, you can search or users and groups in the Active Directory. At least 3 symbols must be entered to find objects which contain these symbol chains. Selected objects are stored in the window.


Objects from the “Clipboard” can be dragged into the permissions folders the same way you can drag them from the initial state of permissions.

permissions from clipboard

3. Additional Options

If you open the context menu for a directory in the window “State in progress”, you find additional options.


Delete folder

This directory and all sub directories and permissions are deleted. Share-sub directories cannot be deleted.

Change Inheritance

With this option the inheritance of permissions can be interrupted. The function changes between inheritance and disable inheritance.

Create folder

With this function a sub directory is placed in the directory. Share-sub directories cannot be placed.


4. Built State 1

After the allocation of the permissions, the new permission structure can be created with the button “Built State 1”.

Behind this button, there is much more than what the word reveals. Behind that there is the functional heart of migRaven. From the present permission structure, a new permission structure is determined, which corresponds to the Best Practice-recommendations of Microsoft. Thereby new permission groups and list groups are built; these are overlapped with the existing groups and accounts and aligned to the existing directories.
This new structure is then saved in the migRaven-database.

In the windows “Initial State” and “Initial state of Permissions” you can see the result. Please check whether the new state corresponds to your requirements of the permissions. Up till now, all data is administered in the migRaven-database. With the next operating steps (“Deploy Groups”, “Deploy ACL”) this structure will be deployed in your system.

Built state and reset

4.1. Reset

The “Reset” function is completely new with migRaven 3.2. It enables the deletion of the state in progress and returns to Drag & Drop mode, without you having to start a new project. You can again change the permissions and additional ones can be generated. However, you cannot return to the table mode.

The new state will be displayed as soon as it has been created.