Solved

Replace file server in domain

Posted on 2008-10-14
4
766 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-22
Should be an easy one. I just have not done it before.
I'm replacing our file server with a new server system. I want to keep the same computer name and IP address. Users are mapping shares using a login batch file directed to the computer share name. I need to have my users log in as normal after replacing the server and have everything work as if the server was not replaced. I'm worried about security permission issues and logins.
What is the best way to handle this?
Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:wlamore
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
4 Comments
 
LVL 22

Assisted Solution

by:Rick Hobbs
Rick Hobbs earned 35 total points
ID: 22714134
As long as it is only a File Server and not an AD controller, DNS, or DHCP, bring it online with a new, static IP address and a different name,  Copy all the data over.  Take the old server offline or rename.  Rename new server to desired name,  You should be in business.
0
 
LVL 11

Assisted Solution

by:Eric
Eric earned 40 total points
ID: 22714219
I would just get it ready with a different name.
backup the data on old take offline, restore it to new, rename, give same iP.
YOu could look into DFS and never worry about it again.
all you mapapings would be
\\domain.com\sharename
and you tell the dfs host where it is. YOu can change it on the fly.
 
0
 
LVL 96

Accepted Solution

by:
Lee W, MVP earned 50 total points
ID: 22714575
You CAN keep the same name using procedures as described above.  However, why?  Your reasons aren't really valid.  If your users map the drives with a logon script, then change the script.  Done.  If they don't, then you should get them mapping drives this way. It's a lot faster doing a find/replace than swapping names (not that it's a time intensive task otherwise, but if it takes 15 seconds to do a find replace, it'll probably take 2-3 minutes to swap names... so, strictly speaking, modifying the script will be 8-12 times faster.

As for the process of copying the data, there are several options - XCOPY, ROBOCOPY, SCOPY will all do it from the command line and, using the appropriate switches (type <command /?> for more information on the switches), preserve the security information.  But I would really suggest you do this using your backups.  Doing this with your backups wil help ensure your backups are good, give you EXPERIENCE restoring a server's data from them, and if there turns out to be a problem, it's no big deal - you've always got the old server WORKING and can investigate why the backups weren't.  FYI, you would restore your last full backup to the new machine (just of the data, not the OS) and then, when you are ready to make the final switch, do a differential backup (assuming you don't use incremental backups) and then restore that differential to your new server.  That's the fastest way to be able to switch servers while providing the least interruption to users short of using something like DFS.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:wlamore
ID: 31506014
Thanks,
 All valid points and solutions. There are internal reasons for our naming renaming the same, the backup restore is a great test, and I'll look more into DFS for future use.
Thanks All
0

Featured Post

Create the perfect environment for any meeting

You might have a modern environment with all sorts of high-tech equipment, but what makes it worthwhile is how you seamlessly bring together the presentation with audio, video and lighting. The ATEN Control System provides integrated control and system automation.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Always backup Domain, SYSVOL etc.using processes according to Microsoft Best Practices. This is meant as a disaster recovery process for small environments that did not implement backup processes and did not run a secondary domain controller that ne…
Active Directory security has been a hot topic of late, and for good reason. With 90% of the world’s organization using this system to manage access to all parts of their IT infrastructure, knowing how to protect against threats and keep vulnerabil…
This Micro Tutorial hows how you can integrate  Mac OSX to a Windows Active Directory Domain. Apple has made it easy to allow users to bind their macs to a windows domain with relative ease. The following video show how to bind OSX Mavericks to …
This video shows how to use Hyena, from SystemTools Software, to update 100 user accounts from an external text file. View in 1080p for best video quality.

696 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question