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Migrating shares and folders from 2008 to 2012R2

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Hi Everyone,

I'm having stability issues with my Windows Storage Server 2008 box that has 4212 shares on it. This is a physical box that I want to migrate over to a 2012R2 clean VM. I was wondering:

-Is there a way to bring over the share properties as well as the folder permissions? Would the new server need to be joined to the domain before this is done?

-If I join the new server to the domain, then migrate the files, decommission the old server, will I be able to rename the new server to what the old server's name was? I know I can put in a DNS alias but would prefer not to.

-Any other things I should know?


Thanks everyone!!
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That's awesome info. I'm in the middle of building up my 2012 VM right now. In the past I've had issues with Robocopy stopping on any error it could find. I think Xcopy does the same thing, but would you still recommend robocopy?
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I would still use robocopy because it has more options. To get past the errors you can limit the amount of retries, exclude system files, and etc... here are some other suggestions as well.


robocopy "c:\my source directory" "\\Server\my target directory" /MIR /XF *.bak *.tmp /XA:ST /W:5 /R:5

/MIR MIRrors a directory
/XF *.bak or *.tmp Excludes files, in this case anything that has the extensions .bak or .tmp
/XA:ST Exclude files with either System or Temporary attributes
/W:5 Wait 5 seconds between retries (default is 30 seconds)
/R:5 Attempt up to 5 retries on a failed copy (default is normally a million)
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http://devtidbits.com/2008/01/17/robocopy-basics/

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That sounds great Josh and I thank you very much. I should be running this from the source server, is that correct?
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I would run on whichever server has more resources available to perform the task which will probably be the target server. As long as the account you are running it from has full read permissions to the source share

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Thank You!

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