best way to migrate file shares to new server

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by Rich, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. Rich

    Rich Guest

    I currently have a Win 2K server with about 300GB of data in a file share,
    that i want to migrate to a better server running Win 2K3 at a remote
    location. What i think would be best would be if i could set up a constant
    replication/syncing of the data from my current server to the old one, so any
    changes made on old would be reflected on new. Then one evening after
    everyone is done with the old server, i would stop that file share, and point
    everyone's shortcuts to the new share. how could i best accomplish this? or
    another option would be to have it sync both ways and i can just slowly move
    users over one by one to the new server until they are all on it, then stop
    the file share on the old server. thanks in advance for the help.
    Rich, Sep 12, 2008
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  2. Hello Rich,

    Make sure your connection to the remote location is robust. You can use robocopy.exe
    to copy the data including permissions.

    You can just change the shortcut with a gpo or login script for the users
    after changing to the new server. What way are you using now. I would not
    use different shares with the same content during the copy phase, this will
    result in conflicts for the users and there data access. Remove the existing
    share, copy data to the new server and create the new share, so you are sure
    no files in use from any user and you have it complete accessible during
    the copy phase.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber, Sep 13, 2008
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  3. Meinolf Weber, Sep 14, 2008
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