How to migrate Windows 2003 SBS client XP 32-bit computer offline files to Windows 7 64-bit
Posted on 2014-02-14
I am volunteering (= noob) at a non-profit (= no $) to help migrate a office full of desktop computers to Windows 7 64-bit from XP 32-bit. They are currently client computers of a SBS2003 domain with XP 32-bit and we need to update them to Windows 7 64-bit to gain the benefits of additional RAM among other reasons.
The client systems are set up in a standard way to sync data to the server via offline files. My question is how to do fresh installs of Windows 7 64-bit on the clients and then sync the updated computers so that the folders and file currently on the server are again populated on the update Windows 7 clients.
Obviously all of the synchronized data is already on the SBS 2003 server. How do I "pull" data out from the server to the freshly-built clients, or do I need to migrate the data to the freshly-built computer and then "push" data back to the server?
If this doesn't make any sense, let me know and I'll try to clarify. Thanks!