Trying to replicated data over from a 2003 Server to a new 2008 Server via DFS

Posted on 2011-10-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Did this before between 2 servers but been awhile ago.  I have on my 2008 Windows  Server with a DFS Namespace but nothing on my 2003 Server running, so should i turn on DFS.  Not sure if this will be needed to move over for example, profile and home folders from my 2003 Server. I once used ROBO copy but looking for a better way to transfer or mirror data.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Running up against a short suspense. Want to minimize the impact on my users and make it a transparent to the user as possible.  
Question by:cgooden01
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    by:Cris Hanna
    Server 2003 doesn't support DFS-R
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    DFSR is available in 2003. I have many clients running it. Unfortunatly, if DFSR isn't currently configured for your user's profiles and home directories, you would have to repoint all of them using the UNCs.

    Your best bet is to use a GPO. You would be able to move and repoint the users to another share on the new w2k8 server. There would be some lag time in booting up as the users' profiles are moved over, but it's going to be dependent on the size of each profile.

    My recommendation is to create multiple GPOs defining groups of users and move then in small groups.  This will reduce bandwidth on your network and on the hard drives.

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