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Migrate Windows Server 2012 AD File Share to new Hard Drive

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So I have a brand new Windows Server 2012 AD VMDK that designed and built. Problem is they created all the company folders on the same virtual hard drive as Windows. That drive was not setup as a GPT so therefore I'm stuck at a 2TB limit. I have created and attached a much larger GPT formatted Virtual Drive to handle all the company data. What I need to know how to do is, is migrate all that data while retaining permissions to the new virtual hard drive. I'm not as familiar with transferring this type of environment as I am with Linux. Any help or direction would be appreciated. As a side note this is all done in VMWare ESXi 5.5. Thanks!
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The easiest method is to use the Robocopy software application, which will mirror, and copy the data with all the permissions, from source to target drive.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/cc733145.aspx

(you can use Windows Explorer and cut and paste, but robocopy can be used with logging! and I prefer the command line to the GUI!)
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I have heard of robocopy, which I'm assuming is similar to rsync. I too prefer command line. I will give this a go over the weekend and will update as follows. Thanks for the link!
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Similar, but rsync performs client and server functions, robocopy, is just robust copy function!
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Robocopy can work.... I usually go simpler and use XCOPY /E /C /H /O /V /Y - that should copy permissions and files.  NOTE: SHARES will need to be recreated.  But that should be simple. - check the properties of the folder in explorer and make sure you don't have any specific share permissions defined and then if not, simply stop sharing then go to the new folder and share it with the same name.
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