Step By Step Guide to Migrate shares and file from a Windows Server 2003 to a Windows Server 2016 Server

Hello Expert i need to migrate an old Windows File Server (Windows 2003 ) to a new Windows Server 2016 Server. I have never done it. Do you have a step by step guide that I can use to migrate the files and also migrate the shares and permission?
Williams225System AdministatorAsked:
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Jose Gabriel Ortega CEE Solution Guide - CEO Faru Bonon ITCommented:
You just need to copy the files using

https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Copy-Files-from-folderA-to-29710ef9
or
xcopy: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/323007/how-to-copy-a-folder-to-another-folder-and-retain-its-permissions

Both processes will preserve permissions, the difference is that my script will also preserver the dates (creation, Modification, etc).
then remove the shares from original, and add it to the new server.
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arnoldCommented:
If your existing setup with Windows 2003 R2 and using domain based file share (dfs) the migration could be simpker.

The link fox posted and Jose provided.....

Ms has a vbscript example that deals with enumerating shares on serverA that then San use the output to create those same shares in the new server.

The difficulty deals with transitioning the user if it is a non DFS ruke.
The other consideration deals with the types of shares and how they are used.

If you gave folder redirection, you would need to go through a process.
1) make sure the folder redirection policy is configured to copy the data back (into the profike) when the gpo no longer applies.
The point if that is the case, you would need to unapply the gpo, by using sevurity filter and removing the authenticated_user this way, the policy will not apply and the redirected folder data will be copied into the user's profike.
2) create a new GPO for folder redirection pointing to the new destination (please consider using domain based shares as it will simplify transition. In the future)

The user would need two, three logons to transition from the old location to the new.....
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
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