DFS File Server Migration

I have been tasked with migrating a file server -
I have used Robocopy to copy the files from serverA over to ServerDFS
All fileshares on ServerA are accessed via the DFS name - basically the target path points to ServerA


My question is this - how can I change the path to point to the shares on ServerDFS so that the change is seemless to the users at large?
(Replication is not comfigured)
(BTW the users are mapped to the shares via logon script.)
FlyboyExch60Asked:
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NVITCommented:
Do you mean for example, users have an existing mapped drive letter z: to \\ServerA\share, and now to want to point z: to the new server? If so,
net use z: /del
net use z: \\ServerDFS\share

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FlyboyExch60Author Commented:
Not really - What I want is to change the path via DFS Management to point to the new location \\FQDN\Share - I think what your suggesting is already done via the logon script.
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NVITCommented:
> (Replication is not comfigured
Since you're migrating, I assume you will have just 1 server and thus won't use replication?

If so, it will have some downtime during the time you...
1. Run the latest robocopy for a given namespace folder. Since you already did the initial robocopy, the 2nd run should be faster.
2. Disable the current namespace by Renaming it. You're not really disabling it - just renaming.
3. Add the new namespace folder, using the original name of the renamed one in step 2.
4. After you've confirmed the new namespace works, Delete the old, renamed one.

To keep downtime low, you could do each folder one at a time. This way you can confirm it works. Or, you could start with a hardly-used or low-priority share, if you have any. Baby steps... Instead of doing it all at once and potentially getting issues.
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NVITCommented:
Thanks for the update, FlyboyExch60. I hoped it worked well for you.
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