Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2 File and Print Service Migration

Posted on 2012-08-15
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Last Modified: 2012-08-17
My organization is currently planning to migrate/change our File and Print Servers from

Windows Server 2003 SP2 32-Bit Enterprise to Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Enterprise.

Our File Servers contains roaming profiles for all users, they also contain folder shares accessed by users with the means of domain based DFS (Windows 2000 Mode).

We plan  implement FSRM on the roaming profiles on the new Windows Server 2008 R2 platform as our current  quota manager isn’t compatible with the new platform.

I urgently need a detailed workable solution to this procedure, the folder structures on the new servers will be different from the old platform.

My major concern are the file and folder permissions on all the various shares across the servers and secondly the printers compatibility with server 2008.
Question by:udememi
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gmbaxter earned 600 total points
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Using rsat on your admin workstation you will be able to connect to the old printserver and export the configuration and printers, then import on the new one.

As for data, how about robocopy with the security switch set. Data can then be reorganised accordingly.

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Hello, Please given me more insight on using robocopy with the security switch set.

Will this maintain all my security permissions perfectly.

What does the syntax look like.

All my workstations are still on Windows XP SP3 so we cannot use RSAT
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by:Darius Ghassem
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You can use Robocopy GUI if you want to know what switches you want to use  this will give you a GUI interface

Richcopy is the new Robocopy which has a GUI interface as well

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Akulsh earned 300 total points
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Robocopy K:\ D:\ /E /B /COPYALL /MIR /R:0 /W:1 /NP /TEE /Log:D:\Robo-01.log

In this K: is source drive and D: is destination drive. To copy NTFS permissions, you must use /B and /Copyall.
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gmbaxter earned 600 total points
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In practice (moving 6TB of data) richcopy and robocopy with a GUI ran out of memory and couldn't shift the data. robocopy from cli worked fine.

With regard to RSAT, you could use the printer management on the 2008 server to connect to the old 2003 server.
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Krzysztof Pytko earned 300 total points
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If you wish you may follow Microsoft article for that and do that without using Robocopy


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