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File server migration from server 2003 STD VM to Server 2008 R2 VM

Last Modified: 2016-11-23
Hi experts,

I have to do a filer migration from server 2003 STD to server 2008 R2.
I don't want to go the DFS route at the moment.
My servers are all VM's running on an ESXi5.5 cluster.

I have identified the shares and exporting and importing the shares will be fine for the shares migration and shared folder permissions.
But its the major file servers and all the HQ and all the regional data and users home folders are located at these file servers.
So I wasn't sure how do I get all the network applications and their dependency related info for these file servers?

The file servers are running on VM's with one target LUN for the VMFS datastore which is coming from a compellent SAN storage and all the rest of the drives are attached as raw device mapping from the SAN volumes directly. The total data on the file servers comes just above 7TB.

What I am planning to do

1)Install a two new VM with server 2008 R2 on it on a test network as File Server1/2.
2)Given a new host name and IP address.
3)Install the local applications.
2)Import the shares registry which I have already exported from the old server.
3)set up all the scheduled tasks and create the folder structure for the .bat and .cmd files.
3)Enable all the services and verify.
4)Enable the IIS and makes sure FTP service and WWW running.(Identify who has the permissions to the directories and replicate those)

These are preliminary steps and not that hard to do, but my main concern is about the network shares and its dependencies?

4)Not sure how I will find out what network applications and DB connections are having what dependency with this file servers?

5)How do I disconnect/run parallel all the live RDM's with same drive letters and connect to the DR VM's ?
Are they corrupt the files if I run DR  RDMs in parallel with READ ONLY permissions to DR RDM's, would it be the ideal solution here without corrupting the data in Dell Compellent SAN storage device.

6)I can see that files are coming and going from c:\inetpub\FTProot which shows the IIS is running with FTP service and WWW enabled.

Once I have tested all the shares, scheduled task and network applications.

How do I go LIVE with the migration especially this one involves RDM's involved?

So any help would be appreciated with lots of points and a big thanks, so please help me to make a head start on this particular project.

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