Best Practice on Moving File Shares

Looking for best practice on moving file shares from one server to another.
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Bill BachPresident and Btrieve GuruCommented:
If the servers are in the same domain, then you can simply copy the files using RoboCopy (which should retain the rights), recreate the shares, and go.  If you are doing a LOT of shares, then there are ways of streamlining this process.

If the servers are in different domains, then you can copy files, but the rights won't transfer, so you'll need to handle this aspect of the move.

For very large data sets where the downtime to copy the files is unavailable, you can look at a migration tool such as Carbonite Migrate.  This can migrate your shares (including user rights, even converting rights to a new domain) for you at a VERY low cost, and with near-zero downtime.  It does this by replicating all of the data (and rights) continuously, and when everything is in sync on both servers, you can pick a reasonable downtime window, get all users out, and cut over to the new server -- all in mere seconds.

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