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Symantec File Share Encryption changes the Modified Date attribute on files
Article ID: 162170
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Symantec File Share Encryption changes the Modified Date attribute on files. In some cases, it may be necessary to preserve the Modified Date file attribute.
Symantec File Share Encryption encrypts files and folders, and as it does, adds header information to the files in order to perform the necessary encryption\decryption routines. As encryption\decryption takes place on files, the Modified Date gets changed to the current encryption\decryption timestamp. This is by design.
In order to preserve the Modified Date during encryption\decryption routines, the --preserve argument can be used, which will preserve certain file attributes, such as the Modified Date. Although this is possible, it must be performed via the command line, as is shown in the following examples:
In this example, if the name of a file is called "testfile.txt", and the name of the key is "SYMC-User" the following command would be used to preserve the Modified Date using PGPnetshare.exe: