Replace 2003 server with 2008 R2
Posted on 2012-08-17
Have an old and tired Win 2003 server. This has been our main file server for some time, so it has LOTS of files on it, with lots of permissions on all those files!
I want to replace it with a new Win 2008 R2 server. I plan to reinstall the database application we use, so no worries about that.
How do I bring over all the user's files and preserve all those permissions? I guess to start, how do I bring over all the users and groups in the AD? This 2003 server is also the "top of the forest" in the AD (or whatever MS calls it, in other words, he's the head honcho of the domain). Another 2003 server, also in the domain, will remain online. I hope that won't create any issues!
I have done this once before a few years back, I seem to remember RoboCopy or something like that. But not sure how I got started!
Would appreciate any help.