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Migrate User data to Server 2003 domain

I have a file server running OS X 10.4 that is being decommissioned, and we need to transfer all the Users Home Directory data to a Windows Server 2003 platform.  What would be the best approach for this type of migration?  I do not know Unix, all I know is that I would love to be able to script a folder structure on the Windows side of the house and then just transfer all the data from the X server to the other machine.  Any ideas? Solutions?  Please do not tell me how stupid I am going from a Unix box to a Windows Box, I have no choice.

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Could you post how many users, and how much space?

Assuming that the unix data is in something like /home or /export/home, you could do a zip file of the whole directory structure and put it on a disk or subfolder on the windows box.  You can then notify the users of their data location, and that they should copy it to their existing home directory.  (Psychologically you should put a deadline on the copy process, otherwise they may not bother doing the copy...)

The big problem is going to be permissions, especially if the usernames are different on the two systems.  If the user names are the same, you could do a batch file, once you get the data over to the windows system, to assign the proper permissions.

I have made the assumption that both servers are running and that the users have accounts on both machines.  If the windows box is brand new and this is a process of moving existing processes from unix to windows, then you may have the ability to make the usernames the same.

>Please do not tell me how stupid I am going from a Unix box to a Windows Box, I have no choice.

Yea, I'm sure that almost everyone here has a stupid IT manager, who falls for the windows hype...

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