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How to preserve file metadata when migrating sbs 2003 from old cpu to new cpu

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Our old SBS 2003 server has some software and hardware problems, so we are buying new hardware and reinstalling SBS 2003 from scratch. Our domain name and IP address will stay the same.

After new machine has been configured, I will manually create mydomain\Administrator and about 10 other users whose names are identical to the old server.  

Does anybody know a simple way to preserve file ownership & dates  create/modify/access when migrating my data files to the new server?  

Of course, the simplest answer is "Don't bother to preserve these attributes".
Instead create a report of ownership with batch command: dir *.* /s /q >  myreport.txt

But, I hope to somehow retrieve the metadata by using ntbackup to offload all the old server files then restore them on the new server.

Exchange emails do NOT need to be migrated.

The only important metadata is file ownership, dates created/modified/accessed. I don't care if other security settings and metadata (like author, title, etc) are migrated.

I'm 99% sure that ntBackup will handle the dates created/modified/accessed automatically.

But, I don't think ntbackup will restore the file owner because the new server is not going to have the same UID's for the users.

I found at least one in depth discussion ( at http://thebackroomtech.com/2007/08/28/howto-migrate-file-shares-permissions-and-user-profiles-paths-in-a-windows-2003-domain/ )

But, thebackroomtech discussed so many solutions that it is not clear which one to use.  At the moment, it appears that http://www.SBSmigration.com might be my next step. But that still looks more complicated than my needs.




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That link covers migrating from sbs 2003 to sbs 2008.  I am going from sbs 2003 to sbs 2003.

I don't think it applies for my migration
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well, no one has posted a solution for my problem, so I will post my own, and PAQ the problem.

My solution will be to do a dir *.* /s /q >  myreport.txt.

Then, I might write a vba program that reads that file and resets the ownership of the object to match the file.



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