Backup and restore of shares

Posted on 2004-11-08
Last Modified: 2009-05-21
I will be moving 1200 user shares from one ser to another (2000 to 2003).  We backup our servers nightly and recently I tested restoring a share.  Apparently when you backup a share, you can't recreate the share on a restore.  Does anyone know how I can easly move 1200 user shares without recreating them manually?

Question by:mchristo63
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    On win2k the shares are stored in the registry in the key

    MS article on "Saving and restoring existing Windows shares";en-us;125996

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    sorry, link above also has 2003 info in it.
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    Check Hyena:
    On my previous work we used this tool.

    "Share Administration

    Hyena incorporates a full range of share administration functions, including:

    Creating, modifying, removing shares on any Windows NT/2000 computer
    Browsing shares, and share directory and file contents
    Modification of share permissions; viewing all share rights for entire server
    Viewing connections to a share
    Copying share definitions from one computer to another                          <-- I think you need this...
    Integration with Windows Explorer shell for share directory operations
    NTFS file security display for shared directory and file permissions reporting"
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    You can use Veritas Backup Exec to do this.  They let you download and use the software free for 60 days (  Install the software and backup the shares.  When you restore the shares all permissions and share names remain.

    You can restore them to a redirected location as well.

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    If you have backed up the "System State" you should be able to restore user and Active Directory info that way. With most Server backupsoftware you have the possibility to backup the system state.

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    yes, and i do.  but with CA Brightstor I have been unable to successfully restore a share, only the folder.  
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    Brightstor isn't familiar to me. I've used Arcserve (also CA) but luckily I never had to restore System Data as our servers never had important system data. We used them mainly to host lotus Domino and domino did its own user accounting...

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