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Shared folder migration

We have a 2003 Server that holds all of our company shared folders.  I would like to move all these shares to one of our newer 2008 Servers, while preserving all the share and security info.  Actually, before I move them, I would like to do a little house cleaning; re-organizing sub folders and such.

What is the best way to move shares around on the server and then move them to a new server and keep all the folder share and security info?

Thanks.
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tmckinney01
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akhalighiCommented:
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akhalighiCommented:
If you don't want to go through DFS configuration ; you can also use robo copy . it's a Microsoft utility that you can use and it basically moves all files with their security permissions , all NTFS permissions will be migrated. but you have to create the shares and set the security on the shares on Target server afterwards. this may be easier for a small environment :here is Robocopy. I used it before ; great tool.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc733145(WS.10).aspx
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akhalighiCommented:
Another option is purchasing ViseVersa Pro (~100$) from http://www.tgrmn.com/

I used this application and it was great ; it's basically based on RoboCopy but it comes with a beautiful GUI and makes your synchronization very smooth. You can keep your 2008 server synchronized with 2003 ; it also moves all NTFS permissions but still you need to setup the shares. then whenever you decide ; you can cut-off 2003 and put 2008 in production.
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tmckinney01Author Commented:
I don't believe I can use FSMT as the 2003 server is a domain controller.  Robocopy and the like sound ok, but that means I have to go to each folder afterwards and recreate all the shares.  This would be very time consuming as each share could have different share level permissions.  I can't belive there's not something out there that just lets you backup "Shared Folder" and then restore "Shared folder" on the new server with all permissions and security in tact.  I'm only dealing with about 20 shares, but if you had 100's, it would seem impossible!
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argh226Commented:
Try it with this command with robocopy
  Options : *.* /NS /NFL /S /E /COPYALL /NP /R:2 /W:5
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akhalighiCommented:
It's possible , but here we are dealing with an operating system change as well . here is a Microsoft article about moving shares from one server to another; it's through a registry hack ;
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/125996
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tmckinney01Author Commented:
Ok, I like that registry solution.  My questions are:

1) I will not be moving ALL my shared folders, just most of them.  If I copy the share key, and import it on the new server, what effect will it have since not all the folders listed in the key will actually be on the server?

2) Is it ok to export this from server 2003 and then import it into server 2008?

Thanks.
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akhalighiCommented:
1- I think you can modify exported registry file and remove those shares that you don't want , OR you can remove those shares before exporting .

2- Honestly ; I never tried it across different platform but you can backup that one key in
your test 2008 server and then import 2003 reg.key . worse case scenario you can revert the change back.  from the article it seems that it's the same between 2003 and 2008 .
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ITdiamondCommented:
I was looking at Secure Copy from Quest software, but it is pretty pricey.



http://www.scriptlogic.com/products/securecopy/
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tmckinney01Author Commented:
This really openned my eyes as to how difficult a project like this can be.  I am quite surprised that MS or a third party don't have relatively easy to use tools to accomplish this task.  I ended up doing an NT Backup of the folders, moving the backup to the new server, using the NT Backup Restore Utility on the 2008 Server and then manually re-sharing all the folders.  Quite a pain.
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tmckinney01Author Commented:
I was unable to use any of the suggested methods.
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