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Migrate File Server Server 2003 STD to 2008 STD

Posted on 2011-04-27
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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
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KCTS earned 668 total points
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Vinchenzo-the-Second earned 668 total points
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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
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by:Stelian Stan
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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

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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?

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