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Server 2011 SBS - Server 2012r2 Migration Robocopy Question
I need to copy all the data from my old server to my new, with the exception of any Exchange 2010 data.
I am needing to copy all Shares, Folder Redirections etc.
I have never migrated a server that housed Exchange on the same box.  Will there be any issues
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by:R--R
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You can copy all the shares and folders as you wish. However Exchange database and logs will not get copied as it will be in use. To copy Exchange database you have to dismount the Exchange database and stop Exchange services.
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by:Manuel Flores
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I don't see nothing complicated here.  The complicated part would be the exchange migration, and I understand that this is not your goal.

For the rest of users files, robocopy is going to make the job.  Indeed both servers are part of the same domain, using robocopy properly will copy all file attributes as security, owner, etc.

As an example, I used this robocopy command 3 weeks ago to migrate some data;
robocopy \\OLD-PC\c$\Users\USER1.VECT\Desktop C:\Users\USER1.VECT\Desktop /E /PURGE /COPY:DATSOU /LOG+:C:\robocopy\desktop.log /NP /V /R:3 /W:5 /L

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The final /L must be delete to run the command in a real mode ( /L just test the command without do anything).

..MFlores..
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by:Lee W, MVP
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You ARE virtualizing right?

If so, just use Disk2VHD to capture the data drives and then mount it in the new VM.  MUCH MUCH faster than a robocopy and preserves all the permissions.  If there's anything you don't want when done, just delete from the VHD you create.
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by:KRS12
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I am not virtualizing in this case.  

I was going to use this:  robocopy \\source server\Users\Shares D:/Shares /E /B /COPY:DATSOU /LOG:C:\Copyresults-shares.txt /tee
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by:Lee W, MVP
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You should be.  You should always virtualize unless there's a compelling reason not to - read this article:
You're putting yourself and your company at a disadvantage by NOT virtualizing.  Not to mention WASTING an $800 Windows License granted to you *IF* you virtualize!

Please read this article for more information.
https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/27799/Virtual-or-Physical.html
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by:KRS12
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Company has their own reasons not too, I tried.  :)  thank you.
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by:KRS12
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How do I copy a file that has has explicit permissions set and halts robocopy
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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This is not a problem when converting to a VM.

If you must, you'll have to take ownership of the files that are not copied and change their permissions so they can be copied.  SO MUCH easier if you do VMs.
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Thank you Lee.  :) I will give it a try
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