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we have a windows 2003 file server. we are planning to migrate it to a windows 2012 file server cluster.

The following data is currently hosted on the current file server.

1. Users roaming profiles are presently stored on the 2003 file server. on of the folders in the profile is redirected to the users home drive.
2. users home drives are also stored on the same file server in a folder x: and the home folder is configured in the properties of the user account in Active directory.
3. there is another folder on the file server mapped to the Y:

we seemlesly want to migrate all this data without users being interrupted for losing their profile of data.
we also want to get rid of the roaming profiles and only configure folder redirection for users folders in the profile.

appreciate if an expert can provide me with a sequence of steps of migrating data seemlessly
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1. Build up your new virtual server for the file server
2. Use a sync utility to create and maintain a synchronized copy of the user's directories... This is important, ultimately it needs to be a 2 way sync.. it's only temporary, but you don't want the sync accidentally wiping out files or directories accidentally.
3. Configure a group policy to turn on file redirection as you want, but be sure you take out the authenticated user's security and grant the permissions to domain computers, and a domain security group.  
4. You'll add the users to the security group as you migrate them.  If they have roaming profiles configured in the user account itself (instead of by policy), then you can disable those as you migrate.  If it is by policy, you have options.. You could create a second policy using the same group to undo the roaming profiles, or possibly deny that group access to the policy so that it will stop applying to them.
5. As either the last step, or before the user profile/folder redirection, you can handle sync'ng the other mapped drive information.  

Once everything is done, then you disable the sync's and change the policy back to authenticated users, etc..

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How many people / how much data are we talking about.  500 users I'd do a load of scripts to amend AD user properties etc.  20 users lots of clicking...

Likewise syncing might be over the top if a new server can be put in and data copied over then the "old" server renamed and the new one renamed to the "Old" name or respond also on the old name.

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I gave the correct answer, and Steve put in good information
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