File Server Migration on Windows 2003 Server, Standard Edition

Posted on 2009-04-30
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I need to copy all files from a Windows 2000 Server, to a Windows 2003 Server, SP2, Standard Edition.  I want to retain all the permissions on these files from the old server to the new one.  After migration, I will take the old server offline and rename the new server with the same name and IP address as the old server, so that users who already map to these files will not have to change the information in their links, map drives, and shortcuts.  I'm planning to use Microsoft File Server Migration toolkit to migrate the files, but I'm not sure if the mapping will work right.  MS says that you have to have Server 2003 Enterprise Edition or Datacenter Edition, not Standard Edition. So will this migration work right for us, and retain the permissions and mapping information?

Question by:maharlika
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    You can use Robocopy to copy the files over with permissions then you can then change the name of the server and IP address. Make sure you delete the old computer account from AD before you change the name of the new server. After making all changes run ipconfig /registerdns.

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