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File server migration

Posted on 2011-09-18
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Hi EE,

I'm using the Microsoft File Server Migration tool but the issue I have with this is, it adds the hostname of the 'source server' into the 'target server' shared folder.

For instance, when you specify the 'source server' (e.g., W2K which is the hostname)  then specify the 'target server', (e.g., c:\Share) it adds the hostname of the "source server" on the "target share" folder (e.g., c:\Share_w2k).

Therefore, a shared folder from the old file server, would look like \\finance_w2k as appeared in the 'target server" . Or, i'm not using the tool correctly?

Is there any other tools that quite useful for file server migration as freeware? What about the "xcopy" command? The only issue I have with "xcopy" is it takes a while to copy the entire data from the source server into the 'target server"? No issue with the NTFS permission though with xcopy.

Any ideas?

Thanks heaps.
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ID: 36556419
Have you looked at robocopy ?

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no...any good???
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I used this for various projects(backups, file server migration, replication).

Robocopy "source" "dest" /Mir /SEC /log:"filename".txt /NP /TEE
This will copy the data as is from the source to the dest including the ACL

I also recommend creating a DFS namespace so in the future when you need to move servers there is no client side adjustments needed.
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ID: 36556445
Source:  \\serverA\share1
Dest:  \\serverB\newshare

Robocopy "\\serverA\share1" " \\serverB\newshare" /MIR /COPYALL


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ID: 36556456
What's the latest version of Robocopy?

Yes. DFS, i'm looking at implementing this as well also good for file replication.
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ID: 36556493
Off hand I do not know the most current build number, but it is the one issued with Windows 7 or server 2008 r2

The one that is downloadable with 2003 resource kit will meet your needs

With DFS you can also  setup the replication as a backup staging or solution.

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ID: 36557673
The most current version is listed in the Wiki link.

That version is offered with Vista, W7 or Server 2008 and is not downloadable.
The version that is downloadable is
XP010      2003      Windows 2003 Resource Kit

If you are running a version of Vista , W7 or Server 2008 you can run it from that host and still copy from the source to the dest.


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ID: 36570238
Thank you

This is the one I endup downloading and will test it shortly:


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