DFSr seeding - 9TB
Posted on 2013-10-24
Currently we have 2 virtual file servers hosted in different physical locations.
They are running Windows 2008 R2 in full mesh DFSr.
There is approx. 9TB of data on each of the servers.
We are going to be relocating one of the sites which will require taking one file server offline for a week or so. Because of redundancy and resource requirements to support all of the users, we need to build a third file server in the data centre that is not relocating and add it to the DFSr group.
What is the best way to get the 9TB of data pre-seeded on this server?
The backup tool being used is Commvault.
Can we just use Commvault to restore the folders/files to the new server and then configure DFSr?
All methods I have seen use either robocopy or ntbackup. Nothing mentions third party backup suites, though I would've thought that would be the same as ntbackup?
In the past I have always used robocopy myself, but that was only for transfers less than 100GB. This restoration/copy is going to take days to complete so I want to find the fastest and most effective method.