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

Posted on 2014-07-15
Last Modified: 2014-07-21

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?

Question by:mhdi
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    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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    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?
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