My companies primary file server is up for replacement and last time I used a tool called Secure Copy from Scriptlogic to copy all the files/permissions/etc. It worked great and I was able to use the demo version as I just squeaked under the requirements. However, now they want $800 for a 90 day use. Seriously, this crappy program should be free, so I find it hard to shell our $800 for the damn thing.
Has anyone ever used Microsoft's free File Server Migration Tool and what did you think? I'm a little concerned as it seems to rename the top level folders, which is great if you are consolidating servers, but I am not. Does it rename anything else?
Can you recommend any free or cheaper alternatives to Secure Copy?
Also, if I am doing just plain old simple file sharing from this server, is there any reason for me to add the File Server role to this Win2K8R2 box?