Migrate live file system to new server. Howto? Robocopy?


I need to migrate a 300gb file store with thousands of sub directories and many millions of small 1-500kb files to a new machine.

Source is Windows 7
Destination is Windows Server 2008.

The file store is constantly being updated and I cannot block access for longer then about 30 minutes. So I am looking for a solution to copy the bulk of the files over to the new server and then do a final sync before making it live.

Is Robocopy the best tool for this?

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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
Yes Robocopy is the best tool.

Use this command:
robocopy.exe "path Windows 7" "path Server 2008" /E /ZB /R:5 /W:5 /ETA /LOG:"D:\log.txt"

Alter you done it run the command again to sync.

Or you can use SyncToy (Robocopy with GUI):

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mhdiAuthor Commented:

I have read some people have trouble with file permissions and robocopy.

We have a security permission to allow "Everyone" Read/Write access to all files/folders. How do I ensure this comes across as well?
*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
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