Whats the best strategy for migrating to a new File Server?

SteveJ-007
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Hi Everyone,
I am in the process of creating a new windows Server 2008 domain on new infrastructure and I need to migrate the data on our current file server to a new machine with larger capacity on our new domain and was wondering if anyone could give me some tips on how to approach this.

My biggest concern is permissions as the files are currently configured with permissions on our existing domain but these will not be valid on our new domain. I don't really want to have to reconfigure al of the folders and was wondering how the permissions were affected when the files and folders were moved to another server?

Any assistance in helping me clarify the best approach would be greatly appreciated.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Commented:
This is much easier to do if you are NOT migrating between domains.  (Why are you migrating between domains?)

You can use ADMT and FSMT to migrate AD user accounts (ADMT) and the File Server Migration Toolkit should help you preserve the permissions and settings...

If this were just going to a new server in the old domain, you'd just run Robocopy from a command line and be done with it...

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The Reason for migrating between domains is upgrade to a 2008 Domain on new hardware  and to utilize a domain.local namespace for our internal network rather than a domain.com namespace that we are currently using. We are also moving locations and expanding in size.

We are not too worried about preserving the old permissions settings as there will be a quite different file structure at the new office but I was more interested in removing the current permissions from the existing files and folders so that I can just move them to the appropriate areas on the new file server and have them inherit the appropriate permissions from their Parent folders. Is there a way to remove the permissions on a file or folder permissions before copying or moving them or are these permissions lost during the copying/moving process?

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Permissions will be lost on copy unless you specifically keep them using Robocopy or similar.
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When copying to a different drive (that includes network drives) Permissions are NOT PRESERVED unless an appropriate tool such as Robocopy is used to preserve them.  So if that is your end goal - to start with FRESH permissions, then just copy the files over without using switches that would otherwise preserve the permissions (best to use Robocopy to copy the files and simply NOT use the /SEC switch - see http://www.ss64.com/nt/robocopy.html)

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Great Thanks a lot for the help

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