We are currently looking to consolidate 3 file servers running Windows 2003 Std R2 SP2 onto one new Windows 2008 server. I've come to find a bit of conflicting information regarding the best methods to move the data and permissions over intact.
I was thinking of using the File Server Migration tool but version 1.1 is needed to support Windows 2008 and that is still in beta... I don't quite trust it. The other option I was thinking of is Robocopy to move the files and preserve permissions but I've never used this and am looking for a decent guide and/or better solution.
The other concern is regarding DFS. We have a domain level DFS running on Windows 2003 R2 SP2, all our DC's are w2k3 R2 SP2. I plan to add the 2008 server into the DFS tree however I wanted to know if it is fully compatible; are there any caveats ? (we are not doing replication).
1. Best method/practices/things to consider on a w2k3 > w2k8 file server migration
2. Will DFS between 2003 and 2008 work ? are there things to consider ?