Migrate File Server Server 2003 STD to 2008 STD

Posted on 2011-04-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hello All -

I am in the middle of looking for the best solution to migrate a windows server 2003 Standard R2 to a NEW server and Windows server 2008 Standard R2.

My main concern is User data and permissions and security on all of the file shares. I have a test Lab setup and have been testing Robocopy and RichCopy. Rich copy so far has made the transfer to the new server but does NOT maintain the permissions atleast through the GUI. Robocopy when using (robocopy source dest. new target /copyall) seems to locate the file but then "skips" it and does not transfer the file.

So basically i am looking for any advice or experience doing this the tool you used and the outcome. Remember file permission retention is important.

Question by:RyanMyers83
    LVL 70

    Accepted Solution

    LVL 14

    Assisted Solution

    Robocopy command:
    robocopy source dest /s /e /z /copyall /v /log:file

    This should copy the contents inc security, but you not your shared permissions.  As KCTS said do thing about using FSMT
    LVL 23

    Assisted Solution

    by:Stelian Stan
    You can also use Robocopy with this switches:

    Mirror all files:
    robocopy \\kitfilesold\Wrkgrps \\kitfiles\Wrkgrps /COPYALL /B /SEC /MIR /R:0 /W:0 /LOG:TestD.txt /NFL /NDL

    Copy Files from oldFileServer to NewFileServer:
    robocopy \\kitfilesold\Wrkgrps \\kitfiles\Wrkgrps /s /e /zb /xo /r:1 /w:0 >wrkgrps.txt

    Robocopy to set permission without copying any files
    robocopy \\kitfilesold\Wrkgrps \\kitfiles\Wrkgrps /E /Copy:S /IS /IT /LOG:wrkgrps.txt

    Author Comment

    HI Guys - Thanks for the replies.

    KCTS - i am having issues with actually getting the tool to work. Although looks promising its not as intuitive as i thought it would/should be. Still working on this as time permits.

    Vinchenzo and Clony - I ran all of these Robo commands and some that i tailored myself and yes they do transfer over in my test enviroment but do NOT maintain being shared and do not have a security account that i created in the group.

    Any other thoughts?

    Featured Post

    How to run any project with ease

    Manage projects of all sizes how you want. Great for personal to-do lists, project milestones, team priorities and launch plans.
    - Combine task lists, docs, spreadsheets, and chat in one
    - View and edit from mobile/offline
    - Cut down on emails

    Join & Write a Comment

    Many of us need to configure DHCP server(s) in their environment. We can do that simply via DHCP console on server or using MMC snap-in on each computer with Administrative Tools installed in a network. But what if we have to configure many DHCP ser…
    Setting up a Microsoft WSUS update system is free relatively speaking if you have hard disk space and processor capacity.   However, WSUS can be a blessing and a curse. For example, there is nothing worse than approving updates and they just have…
    This video is in connection to the article "The case of a missing mobile phone (". It will help one to understand clearly the steps to track a lost android phone.
    In this sixth video of the Xpdf series, we discuss and demonstrate the PDFtoPNG utility, which converts a multi-page PDF file to separate color, grayscale, or monochrome PNG files, creating one PNG file for each page in the PDF. It does this via a c…

    734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    17 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now