Server Move


I have a file server that is holding about 900 gb of documents. I need to move all of this data a new server that will be replacing the old one. The old server is on a domain and is win 2003 std. My goal is to try to keep the same server name eventually after moving all of the documents over to the new server. What would be the best way to approach this?

Is it best to add the new server to my domain with a temp name, transfer all of the documents over and once I'm ready for the cut over remove the old server from my domain and rename the new server with the same name as the other server?

What is the best utility for moving over all of the docs? Its on a share.
The new server will be windows 2008 R2.

Thank you in advance.
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Plug you new server into the network and give it access to the shared data on the 2003 box.

Copy the data to the new server.

Drop the old server from the domain remembering to take it out of Active Directory.

Rename the new server, change the static IP to the one on the old server, reboot it then add it to the domain.

Reset up the shares as before and all your users should have no problem accessing the shared data.
cisgoro76Author Commented:
Thank you Bufferstop. that makes sense. How about in terms of moving the files over, do you recommend something like robocopy?
Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
How about instead of changing the name, just create a cname in DNS. No need to change the server name.

And I would use robocopy to see the data. When I do file server migrations. I seed the data with robocopy, having it run every evening. Then when I'm ready to do the cutover, I run my script one more time which will take minutes instead of hours.

robocopy \\<source-server> \\<destination-server> /E /COPYALL /W:1 /R:1 /PURGE /MT /NP /LOG:C:\log.txt

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