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Hello,

We currently have a SBS 2003 server with 2 hard disks RAID 1 (array 0).  The OS (C:\) and network drives (Y:\ and Z:\ ) are set up on array 0.

I have added 2 additional disks in a RAID 1 config (array 1).  I would like to keep the OS on array 0 and move the network drives to array 1.   What is the best way to go about doing this?  How long will it take?  
I have current backups in case of a catastrophe.

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I would simply use robocopy to move the data folders during downtime,  set up appropriate sharing permissions and then remap the drives using your original method, presumably GPO or logon script.  The time taken will depend on the amount of data to be moved - how much data?  Any other questions?
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marcustech,

there is about 50 GB of data.  can you provide a link with how to steps?

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can the permissions be preserved during the move?
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Okay, assuming you have partition D:/ on array 0 containing folders CompanyData1 and CompanyData2 and you wish to move them to array 1:
1) Format the logical volume on array 1 and create a partition E:/
2) Run robocopy "D:/CompanyData1" "E:/CompanyData1" /e /copyall
3) Run robocopy "D:/CompanyData2" "E:/CompanyData2" /e /copyall
*copyall preserves permissions, timestamps, attributes etc.
*Depending on resources, 50GB should take well under an hour to copy.


Then on the clients you will need to run:
net use Z: /delete
net use Y: /delete
net use Z: \\servername\CompanyData1
net use Y: \\servername\CompanyData2

You can just add this to the logon script.
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Apologies, i've missed a couple of steps out there, let's call them 4, 5, 6 and 7:

4) Right-click on the shared folder in the old location, and select "sharing and security". Click the "Permissions" button, and make a note of the permissions configured on that folder - these are independent of NTFS permissions on the files themselves.
5) Close the permissions window, make a note of the "Share name", and tick the "do not share this folder" box
6) Right-click on the shared folder in it's new location and select "Sharing and security". Select the "Share this folder" checkbox and set the sharename to match the name previously used.
7) Click the "Permissions" button and set permissions to match the old settings.

As an alternative to these steps you can edit the registry at
"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\LanmanServer\Shares" - if you can see how to do this do it this way, if this doesn't make sense do it as described above.

You can then leave the drives on the client PCs mapped as they were without changing the logon script.
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Question afyer the shares are copied over to the new array, do they still remain on the source array. or do I need to delete them?
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You'll need to delete them manually, I'd leave them for a short period until you're satisfied all the data's across and the new shares are working as required.
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Ok, It's becoming clearer now.  I just need clarafication.  Once the the share folders are copied over, do I need to remap them on the new partion or do they remain mappedas they are currently?
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Assuming you use the same "share name" once the folders are moved, the changes will be transparent to the client PCs and the drives will not need re-mapping.
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cool, I will do this this comig Friday at close of business as not interrupt the workflow for users.  I will keep you posted.

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Thanks for your help.  It worked like a charm and no hitches.
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Splendid, glad to hear it :)
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