DFS Share Move To New Drive (HOW TO)

Posted on 2009-03-31
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I am attempting to move 3 DFS Shares to 3 larger hard drives.  I am wondering what the best way to go about this is to ensure minimal downtime.  I will be able to put the new storage in place prior to removing the old smaller HD's.

Can someone walk me through the overview of how I do this, how I point to the new directory locations for the namespaces, etc. etc.   Thanks for the help.

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by:Donald Stewart
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Hope this helps you

dfscmd /move \\DFSName\DFSShareName\Path \\ServerName\ShareName\Path

The following examples illustrate the different ways that this command can be used: To create a new folder, move the contents of an existing folder into it, and adjust any links under the folder as appropriate:
dfscmd /move \\domain\root\old_folder \\domain\root\new_folder

 To make an existing folder a subfolder of a new top-level folder and adjust any links under the folder as appropriate:
dfscmd /move \\domain\root\old_folder \\domain\root\new_top_folder\old_folder

 To move the contents of one folder to another existing folder
dfscmd /move \\domain\root\folder \\domain\root\other-folder\

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by:Donald Stewart
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Thanks for the reply.  I had been looking at that solution earlier.  I assume since I am leaving everything else intact, namespace, permissions, etc. that I could just use the command listed below.

To move the contents of one folder to another existing folder
dfscmd /move \\domain\root\folder \\domain\root\other-folder\

Will this also replicate all permissions rather than using something like robocopy?  Once I run this command, it will then copy all contents to the new location as well including all subfolders?  What about restarting services or any downtime?

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Ok, so after reading the last few links, I think that I have things refined a little.  Someone please clarify when you review and let me know if this will work.

1. Set-up new storage space.
2. Using robocopy, copy data from drive A-Old to Drive B-New
   (check permissions, run robocopy once more to pick up any stragglers)
3. using following command, change the location share from A-Old to B-new
dfscmd /move \\domain\root\folder \\domain\root\other-folder\
4. check any quotas and double check permissions.

Sound right?


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