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How to export/import share settings when migrating file servers?

Moving file servers (2008 R2 to 2012), i.e. installing new 2012 and moving data from 2008 R2.
Using Robocopy (works great and maintains NTFS fine -  all tested) to copy over everything, but unsure about how to best deal with shares and permissions.
I can easily recreate it after I copied everything over, but read somewhere that I can export the share settings from the registry of the existing file server to the new file server.
Has anyone done this for 2008 R2 as source (export from) to 2012 as destination (import into)? Appreciate some details. Cheers :-)
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You can directly use File server migration toolkit to move files / folder with NTFS shares and security permissions.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=10268
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Appreciate that but that would require me to start all testing again.
Also from what I have read 2012 is not support for this.
Supported Operating System

Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-Bit x86), Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

So I would appreciate any/all insights re. my original question :-)
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That looks good thanks.
The actual location & permissions are binary within the reg file. For the bulk of our migration it will be same name, location, volume etc. & we intend to use this method. One exception is that over time some users were set in location in a volume folder we look to retire. Have you found a way to change the location of a handful of shares, keep the name, permissions all the same, simply edit the location (same volume, different root folder) of the registry?