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Migrating Macintosh shares from a Windows 2003 to 2008 server

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I'm currently performing a file migration from our legacy servers to our newer 2008 servers using the Microsoft File migration tool. The problem that I have come across is that the 2003 server has macintosh shares on it, which should be a problem putting them on the new server. The problem that I am having is that the Microsoft File migration tool does not recognise these as shares so I've been unable to migrate them at present.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how this might be done???
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You cannot user Services for Macintosh with Windows 2008.  It does not exist any longer.

To move the Mac files, you have to use a Mac to mount the SFM(AFP) volume on the Mac and then mount the SMB volume on the WIndows 2008 server also on the Mac.

With these two volumes mounted, you then need to use Prosoft Data backup http://prosofteng.com/products/data_backup.php

You may also need to use NameCleaner to remove any special characters before the migration. http://www.sigsoftware.com/namecleaner/
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If possible I was looking into migrating these shares without having to invest in third party tools. Is it not possible to migrate this data in some other way that retains the share and NTFS permissions?
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You need to at least use namecleaner.  If ANY of your Mac files have specal characters, they will NOT copy properly.

You don't need to use Profsoft Data backup but it makes this things easier and provides logging capabilites for troubleshooting.

You DO need to use a Mac as the transfer conduit.  If you go Windows to Windows, you WILL have file corruption moving files that were created using the AFP data stream format and then trying to read them over SMB.

The costs are minimal.  It will cost you under $150.
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Hi, any further update on your data migration?
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After looking into other options for the migration we decided to go with the software options that you provided.


Thanks very much for your help.
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Holla back if you need assistance :)
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