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Hi there,

What is the best way to migrate my data from my exisiting Windows 2003
Server DC to my new Windows 2003 DC. I want to be able to move all my
shares, including any existing permissions.

I am open to using third party tools.

Thanks in advance
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backup the drive and restore??
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I would use robocopy for all the data and you can export the regisrty keys with all the shares.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/125996
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by:fasuln
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Is there a good third party tool that can do this operating for me. i.e. move shares and also move permissions with it.

I also need to take into account the amount of data and network bandwidth etc.. Although a good tool, i don't think robocopy is the answer for me.

Any sugesstions?
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by:KenMcF
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You can take  alook at secure copy.

http://www.scriptlogic.com/products/securecopy/
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by:Stelian Stan
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This maybe the tool you are looking for: http://www.scriptlogic.com/products/securecopy/
You can download the demo which copies about 2000 files at a time. File Shares, File permissions, etc.. are retained during the copy
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is that the only other option or are there other tools/software?
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by:KenMcF
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That is the only one I have used and would recomend.  clonyxlro or other may have other products they have used.

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by:Lee W, MVP
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File Server Migration Tool (FSMT)
http://www.windowsreference.com/windows-server-2003/easy-file-server-migration-to-win-2003-with-fsmt/

But frankly, I think you would be wise to do as moon_blue69 suggested.  When was the last time you TESTED your backups and confirmed the restores worked as you expected? 9 of 10 people (or so it seems) DON'T.  Then, when they have a need for a backup they start crying because they discover they CAN'T RESTORE because the backup is corrupted or missed files or something.

I would suggest you do a backup of your data and restore it to the different server.  Treat it like your main server failed and this new server is a replacement you got after-the-fact.

This will give you valuable experience restoring if you ever have to REALLY do it because of failure and it can transfer your data.  Further, if you do a FULL backup and restore, then that night or a little later on you can do a differential backup and restore and that will be MUCH smaller and quicker.

As for the share permissions - do you actually use Share permissions?  I avoid them.  There's no point.  NTFS is a more robust permissions structure that applies to files and/or folders directly whereas the share level permissions only apply to the "front door" - the share entry point if you will.  Very inflexible.
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by:Stelian Stan
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I think leew's and moon_blue69 ideas are the ones to follow. This is a great opportunity to test your backups.
Regarding the tools I only used robocopy, richcopy and the one mentioned above.

You can also have a look on robocopy gui.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2006.11.utilityspotlight.aspx
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by:fasuln
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Hi Guys,

Thanks for all your advise. I have decided to go with the robocopy solution and see how I get on.

Thanks again everyone.

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by:fasuln
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Solution was clear, but does not detail a step by step on the solution for copy NTFS permissions to new shares.
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