migrating file servers that are used in DFS. Best approach.

I have a question regarding migrating file servers that are used in DFS. What is the best approach?
I am interesting in comparing two approaches - migrating existing files servers that are used as target folder\path in DFS and another option is to build new servers in the new forest.

Would you recommend building new servers in the target forest and then migrating files? Or what do we need to do to migrate file servers that I used in DFS. Do they need to be migrated all together? After name servers migration? etc? Our name servers are running in clusters. Do we have to migrate all name servers together? Break clusters? Is it better to build new clusters DFS name servers instead of migrating and breaking existing clusters?

If you can provide the bullets points for migrating file servers that are part of DFS, would be highly appreaciated.

Thank you
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
if you have the hardware to spare then create all new and once tested remove old
otherwise. For the clustered name servers is there a load balancer involved?

DFS 3 nodes == old1,old2,old3

1. DFS replication

break old1, migrate old1 - attach new1, check replication


if replication ok repeat step 1 with next server
What level of server are you going from --> to ? i.e. S2K3 -> S2K12R2 ?

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