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Hi There,

I have a network with a single domain and 2 sites, domain functional level is Windows 2003.

Networks shares are synchronised between sites over a VPN connection using a third-party software.

Site A has a PDC and file server running SBS 2003 (SERVER1) and member server running 2008 R2 (SERVER3)
Site B has a DC running Windows 2003 Standard (SERVER2)

I am planning the following:

- Setup SERVER3 on site A as a PDC
- Upgrade Domain functional level to Windows 2008
- Transfer all FSMO roles from SERVER1 to SERVER3
- Create and move all existing network shares from SERVER1 to SERVE3 using robocopy.
- Demote and disconnect SERVER1 from the network permanently.

I would like some advise on how to deal with the data migration from current network share to DFS.
The amount of data is approximately 400 GB. I have a mirror of data on both sites.

How can I make sure clients won't be affect by  the change of changing the connection from each site server i.e. \\SERVER1\SHARE to \\DFS\SHARE


Thanks,
Rod
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by:Olaf De Ceuster
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Considering you have tunnels DFS is pretty much straight forward.
You can add to that FRS (File replication Services) very handy.
Hope that helps,
Olaf
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do you have any step-by-step/tutorial to share?
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excellent! thanks
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