I am moving my files from one retiring server to a new server. Server1 to Server2. The only thing these servers do is provide File services for all of my users. My question is basically this, I want to keep my server name the same, did not want to lose my shares and their permissions, so that all my users connections and embedded links in databases and spreadsheets would not break.
I have millions of files and backing up to tape or disk and restoring to Server2 would keep the shares and permissions but would take forever and I cannot be down for a very long period of time. I could restore a full backup from tape/disk of Server1 to Server2 but the restore would take days.
I could also migrate from physical Server1 to a Virtual Server2 but I have no idea how long that would take with the amount of files that would be moving to the new server.
I am just looking for any suggestions on a better more efficient way to do this.