Migrating Shares, Data, Files/Folders, etc - W2K3 Servers

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Hi,

I need to migrate all of the existing shares from one server to another for a small company. Currently they only have a file/dc/dns server (server1), a dedicated mail server (server 2) and a sql server (server 3).

I have brought a replacement server online (server 4), I need to migrate all of the existing windows shares, data, etc from server 1 to server 4

Currently server4 is a DC running DNS, file server, etc... on it.

How can I transfer all of the shares across as well as all of the required data?

Thank-you in advance for taking the time to respond back, it is greatly appreciated!!

Thanks,

ElliTech
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Robocopy commands will get you what you want while preserving the same permissions.
From your new server #4 copy everything into a folder called "shared"

Robocopy \\server1\share_name D:\Shared /v /fp /e /x /copyall /log+:C:\Temp\log.txt /r:10 /w:30 /dcopy:T /mt

This is the command I use the most when transferring items. You can find out more about each switch using the robocopy /? command.

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OK, so as the new server 4 has AD running all of the required permissions will be copied across with the file/folders? I have tried to setup the proper groups and assigned individuals to the groups and given those groups permissions to the network resources.

Anything special that needs to be done with the domain admin account?

Anymore information that you could provide would be appreciated. Ultimately, the server 4 will take over for server 1, server 1 will be demoted back to a member server and taken offline.

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I am assuming that Server 1 had AD running and you just added Server 4 to the same schema. This should have replicated all the users, groups and everything else to the new server since they are both DC's in the same AD.

Whatever permissions you have on Server 1 will get copied over to Server 4 for the correct user or groups using the robocopy command.

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That's correct, thanks...

ElliTech

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One last question, unfortunately when the server 1 was originally setup (before my time there), it was setup using just one partition (C:) on the drive, not partition for data (D). Anyways, long story short the new server 4 will be setup the same way. So I am assuming the correct syntax would be:

Robocopy \\server1\share_name C:\Shared /v /fp /e /x /copyall /log+:C:\Temp\log.txt /r:10 /w:30 /dcopy:T /mt

Just changed 'D' to 'C' in the command above

ElliTech
Yes the D: I used was just an example, replace that string with your full path. In my example I have the shared folder where I want to place all my files.

Start slow, do one folder to get an idea and see how it works.

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Thank-you for taking the time to respond back, it is greatly appreciated.

ElliTech

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