Best way of Migrating File server from Win 2003 to Win 2012

Hi

We have a  Windows 2003 File server and  this our main File server for the staff and students on our network and my predecessors created a partition “E” on this server and within this drive we have different Shares.

Currently, the total user data on “E” drive is 1.5 TB. Now I want to migrate all the data to our new 2012 server. We use VMware and I have a Windows 2012 R2 Standard Virtual server and only it has the C drive and I am going to add another Partition “E” on this server to migrate all the Data from Win2003 server to this new Win2012 server.

1)      From the vSphere console, I will add a new Hard disk to this server with a Free space of 2TB. (Please let me know if there is any particular settings that I need to select during adding new Hard disk)
2)      I am not sure as how to set up this as a file server; do I need to add any roles?
3)      What is the best way of the copying the data from Win2003- Win2012- Is there any software or script I need to use.
4)      Will the NTFS and share right be copied from Win2003 to Win2012
5)      Currently for every user the shares get mapped through the Login VBS scripts. Is there a better way of doing this?

  Please suggest your help much appreciated to set up this file server is a best way.

Thanks
lianne143Asked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Add the File Server role.

use Robocopy, it will copy all the files and folders, and maintain permissions.

However you could detach the old disk from the Windows 2003 server if it's virtual, and add it to the Windows 2012 server.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc733145.aspx
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
You will want to add the File Server Role.

Use RoboCopy to copy your data.  That way you can preserve the file structure and share rights.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc733145.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396


I'd map the user drive either through logon script or group policy.
lianne143Author Commented:
The Win 2003 server is  a virtual server and please post me some tutorials as how to detach the old disk from the Windows 2003 server and add it to the Windows 2012 server. If I do this process will it copy all the NTFS permissions as well.

Thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It's quite simple.

First make sure there are NO SNAPSHOT attached to the VM.

see my EE Article

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient

Second, make sure you have a backup.

When you have done the above proceed.

1. Power OFF the VM.

2. Right Click the VM Edit Settings

3. Find the disks, select the disk, and select Remove from Inventory.

4. Power off the 2012 VM.

5. Repeat 2 above.

6. Select Add Disk, and browse to the location on the datastore of the disk you removed from the virtual machine above.

You are done, Power on the VM.
lianne143Author Commented:
Hi Andrew

After detaching  the old disk from the Windows 2003 server and add it to the Windows 2012 server, will the NTFS and share right be copied from Win2003 to Win2012.
Thanks
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
NTFS permissions will remain on the disk.

However, the shares will be part of the Windows 2003 OS, so you will need to re-create the shares.
lianne143Author Commented:
"However, the shares will be part of the Windows 2003 OS, so you will need to re-create the shares".

Please see the attached the file structure of the Windows 2003 server "E" drive folder structure.
There are 11 shared folders in windows 2003 server. Do I need to create all the 11 folders in windows 2012 server? and  assign the Sharing permissions on each of the folder?
Bit confused this is the first time I am migration Data from Win 2003 to 2012 , please post me some information.
Thanks
Folder-structure-on-the-E-drive-in-windo
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The folders already exist, but you will need to create the same shares.

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