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Best way to move a share between 2008R2 servers?

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Currently using 2008R2 and simple unc mapping for shares, I want to move a share \\server\backup_share to \\new-server\backup_share.

a) With only a couple of servers, is it worth doing Distributed File Services (DFS) and can I use DFS to move a single share to a the new server and leave old shares alone?

b)What is the best way to handle the clients, if I manually move a share and need to update all the clients machines to point to \\new-server\backup_share - is there a software or scripting program that will do this automatically? What about links within files, like an Excel file linking via unc to another excel file?

c) Some users were originally on 2003 SBS and have their home and document directories redirected to the server. What is the best way to handle that?
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I would not use DFS.  Your setup is too simple to muddy the waters with DFS.  You should be using a script utility like kixtart (http://kixtart.org/) to automatically map the shares based on group membership. This can be done by setting up a simple logon script.  You would have a group in AD named BACKUP_SHARE, you add user: JOE BLOW tot hat group, when he logs in, the logon script (kixtart) check what groups he is in and follows instructions (ie: if in group BACKUP_SHARE then mapp U: to \\servername\backup share.   If you were doing this already, then users would be opening files from the U: drive and not USN or \\server...
Then you just shut down the share on old server, move the data, create share on new server and finally update the kixtart script to map U: to the new server.  the user never even knows and it works great.  Bonus: use kixtart to mapp printers automatically as well!  Hope this helps,
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@tonymike:  Thanks, I will definitely take a look at it.
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