Migrating shared drives and files to new server

We are installing a new file server on our network. Currently our file server is also our mail server which we need to separate. What is the easiest method to migrate over the shared network drives and files onto the new server?

Our current server is Windows Server 2003 R2 standard ed x64. The new server will most likely be Windows Server 2012.
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Joseph DalyCommented:
The best way of doing this is to use a tool like robocopy/richcopy to copy the data over with all permissions in tact.

After that depending on the amount and complexity of your shares you can re-create them manually or dump the setting from the registry on the original server.


Once you have all of the data and shares recreated you can update login scripts, group policies, or whatever way you control mapped drives to point to the new locations.

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Yes Robocopy is perfect for this but make not of the command switches needed

Robocopy.exe source destination /S /E /ZB /SEC /MON:10 /W:2 /R:2

/S - copy sub directory
/E - including empty ones
/ZB - backup restartable mode [This will save you time if there are network glitches]
/SEC - Copy the security ACL
/MON - monitors the data and will sync if more than 10 changes [You can change this to suit you]
/W - wait
/R - number of retries
Also since this is a file server, I guess you will need to copy across the shares, you can backup the lanmanserver shares key and restore to new server saves you time.

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