Upgrade file server from Windows 2008 r2 to Windows 2012 r2

I am looking for software or a way to transfer the data, shares and permissions to the new server.  Cannot find a solution.   I have tried FileSync, Teracopy, and Appassure backup...

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Wayne88Commented:
You may have to redo the share permissions or export registry key as stated by NVIT but as for the file/folder permissions you can check a similar question here: http://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28704679/Copy-files-from-one-domain-controller-to-another.html#a40924793

Probably easiest to use batch scripting (xcopy) or one of the other suggestions ( robocopy, File Server Migration Wizard).
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Take a look at RoboCopy.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1073.robocopy-and-a-few-examples.aspx

There are even a few (11) examples.


How to Back Up and Restore NTFS and Share Permissions

From <http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2008/11/24/how-to-back-up-and-restore-ntfs-and-share-permissions.aspx


This will work for Server 2003 as long as Service Pack 2 has been installed.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/919240
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
Robocopy will give you the love you seek.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
As mentioned above robocopy source destination /e /sec will copy the files and the permissions.  Export the keys from the registry of the source machine
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Shares
into a .reg file and import this into the new machine
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
STOP.  Think for a minute.  If you can't do this when you WANT to, how on earth on you going to do this when you NEED to?  You know, when the server fails and you have to go to backups?

STOP and think about this like a disaster recovery exercise - you have a server that failed with last night's backup successful.  RESTORE THAT BACKUP.  That's how you move things.  And if you can't restore it and get your file permissions and shares restored, THEN YOU HAVE A PROBLEM.  Because Servers DO FAIL.  And you should know what to do when they do to restore your data.

Yes, you can use XCOPY or ROBOCOPY with the appropriate switches and you can export your share registry key as David suggests - Just keep in mind, the DRIVE LETTERS and paths MUST match up for that to work on the shares - but WHAT IF... WHAT IF you had a failure and the old server wasn't recoverable - a fire, theft, flood, etc - and all you had was your backups.  TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY to answer those questions and you can sleep better at night.
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PKayBPostivAuthor Commented:
You are exactly correct.  I left Symantec Backup Exec after 20 years for Dell Appassure.  Symantec could do it and Appassure cannot.  I'm going back....
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Wayne88Commented:
Points taken.  So the question to PKayBPostiv is, are you doing this just to migrate the files/folders to another server or are you doing this for backups?  If it's for backup purposes then I think it's best to research that option.  As some who have read my posts you probably can tell that I am a big fan of Acronis and Backup Exec (not at much after Symantec took over).  There is no replacement for a good backup.
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Wayne88Commented:
But wait, I agree with what LEE said but that doesn't mean that for the rest of us who answered your question appropriately didn't deserve the points.

Your question was simply "I am looking for software or a way to transfer the data, shares and permissions to the new server.  Cannot find a solution." and each of us (except for Lee) answered your question exactly as you asked.

If your question was pertaining backup solutions then I am sure each one of us would have answered the way Lee did.  If that's the real question you wanted to ask then you should open another question session on EE just like when you open up a technical trouble ticket with a vendor it only pertain to one problem per ticket.  This is the standard I.T procedure.

The problem wasn't with the solutions.  The problem was with the way YOU asked the question.  How is this fair?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
I concur with the above
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I have no problem with a points split.

But I'd also add, that sometimes, you need to think outside the box - you need to answer the question that SHOULD have been asked not the question that was asked.  As an IT Pro, you should realize that MOST PEOPLE don't test backups.  And while they SHOULD, the best opportunity for those who don't - and one of the best times to remind them - is when they are migrating servers... at that point you have a fully functional, working server... and the perfect opportunity to test how you'd do it if it failed without actually having a failure and potentially bringing your network down.

Again, points split is fine; when I'm answering question, I usually try to think like a consultant and not a search engine - I think it provides better answers more often than not.
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Wayne88Commented:
Disagree.  This is not about thinking outside the box.  As an I.T pro would you call Microsoft to open a ticket for an MS Exchange issue and expect them to fix your Windows server problems too?  Maybe both are related but do you think they will cover that under one ticket?

I am not expecting the asker to ask the right specific question but she should know if she wants to transfer files or create backups.  It's night and day.  It's like taking your car to a mechanic to get the brake pads replaced then expect them to fix the ABS problem too.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
First, I have no problem continuing the discussion here, but if there's a better place for it, I'm not sure and would welcome the suggestion to move it elsewhere so long as the elsewhere is specified...

To counter:
Disagree.  This is not about thinking outside the box.  As an I.T pro would you call Microsoft to open a ticket for an MS Exchange issue and expect them to fix your Windows server problems too?  Maybe both are related but do you think they will cover that under one ticket?
I would expect them to solve the root cause of the problem - whether that issue was determined to be with Windows or Exchange.  And I would further expect them to IDENTIFY other possible problems and better methods where possible and to even fix "one click" settings things that may be less than optimal if it's a 2 second thing.  Doing for their client what I do for mine - like when I stopped in to pick up an item at a client yesterday and someone asked me how to connect to a network printer they weren't connected to.  And not charging for that under 1 minute instruction when I was there anyway. In my opinion, that's good customer service.

I am not expecting the asker to ask the right specific question but she should know if she wants to transfer files or create backups.  It's night and day.  It's like taking your car to a mechanic to get the brake pads replaced then expect them to fix the ABS problem too.

And I disagree here as well.  If I bring my car to a mechanic for a change of brake pads, I WANT the mechanic to ask me when the last time the ABS was tested to ensure that it's working - if that's something that is generally done.  Cars are not my area of expertise and they are the mechanic's - he knows better than I what things should be tested and when.  And he probably knows that many people delay maintenance and that can cause a problem in the future - so reminding me/asking me to do it then is both an upsell and way to ensure I continue to operate a safe vehicle.

Likewise in this question, he brought a computer in for a data transfer, but the consultant reminded him of other core issues that he should be taking care of and likely hasn't recently.
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PKayBPostivAuthor Commented:
I was interested in transferring files - NOT backup.  Backup solutions should provide both as stated earlier.  My question has been resolved.  thanks to all!
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Wayne88Commented:
We all have different opinions.

"I would expect them to solve the root cause of the problem - whether that issue was determined to be with Windows or Exchange.  And I would further expect them to IDENTIFY other possible problems and better methods where possible and to even fix "one click" settings things that may be less than optimal if it's a 2 second thing. "

Finding the root cause of the problem or thinking outside the box is not rocket science or what the argument was all about.  It's about sticking to the topic.  In any case, admin already explained that what you did here is acceptable.  Apparently I have a different opinions while respecting your points.  However, next time you open a trouble ticket with Cisco, MS, etc. try throwing in all the "other" stuffs into the mix and see if they're up for it.

"Doing for their client what I do for mine - like when I stopped in to pick up an item at a client yesterday and someone asked me how to connect to a network printer they weren't connected to.  And not charging for that under 1 minute instruction when I was there anyway. In my opinion, that's good customer service."

Sure is a good customer service .... if it's a 1 minute job and I am sure you're doing it because you're trying to retain future business from them.  That's business.

"I was interested in transferring files - NOT backup.  Backup solutions should provide both as stated earlier."

After the fact.
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