Migration of File and Print Services to 2k8R2

Posted on 2011-10-19
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Hello All!

I am planning to do a File and Printer Server migration from two server to one server all running Windows Server 2008R2. Both of these servers currently act as File servers, and one of the two acts as a print server. I have the document from M$ regarding File Services Migrations, but have some questions to be answered before I begin the Migration.

It seems from the guide that DFS is required to run the migration sucessfully. Our DFS structure in our organization of 30 servers, recently failed, and the namespaces, and replication groups became corrupt. In short, we no longer have DFS in our system. We want to successfully move over our data from these two major servers, to this one new server, and then begin DFS off of this new server, to all the rest of our file servers. My question is, are we able to setup DFS after the migration of data, or is it required to have DFS in place before hand. Also, if anyone could give me some additional insight, whether or not, the file services migration guide is sufficent for moving over data/services, and if there are any catches that would be helpful to know.

Also, we will be migrating print services from on of our servers, to the new server. I exported printers to a file, on the old server, and then on the new server imported printers. My concern is when I take Printserver1 offline, will all my printer queues go away or will they update to the new server. Currently we deploy all of our printers, through GP.

Any help would be greatly appreciated on this.
Question by:jaredr80
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    You can incorporate the DFS after you setup and up the new server post migration. In case you plan to setup the DFS again - you may have a clean install with transfer of files using robocopy/xcopy retain file rights to new server. As regards the printer queue - if the printer goes/is offline - the queues will not deleted - but this I have not experienced.

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    regarding the printers, it seems to me that you are effectively making a new print queue on the new server. You have two servers - each with a pointer to the printer. Clients are using one or the other (for now the existing one). When the original print server goes away all of the client connections will be dead and they will have to re-add the new printer connection referencing the new server.

    you will probably have to run the 2 servers in parallel for a while to get this completed.
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    Overall, I asked for a much broader question, and did not quite receive the answers that made for a smooth migration.

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