help migrating dfs

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by Nancy, Mar 22, 2005.

  1. Nancy

    Nancy Guest

    1. i need to migrate my NT4 dfs entries to my W2K3 domain. what is the best
    practice? leaving the NT4 dfs intact and creating a subdirectory off of the
    new root?
    2. should the root server(s) be pn a DC or a member server? how many root
    servers are recommended for a shop with ~10 servers and ~400 users?
    Nancy, Mar 22, 2005
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  2. Nancy

    Jason Tan Guest


    Thanks for posting!

    Based on the description, I would like to suggest you use FSMT to migrate
    the DFS entries. The following information for your reference:

    The File Server Migration Toolkit

    The File Server Migration Toolkit (FSMT) provides several tools that
    simplify the consolidation process and minimize the impact of consolidation
    on users.

    # Easy migration: FSMT helps the system administrator easily migrate and
    consolidate shared folders from servers running Windows NT? Server 4.0 or
    the Windows 2000 family of servers, to a server running Windows Server 2003
    or Windows Storage Server 2003.
    # Less impact on end users and line-of-business applications: FSMT helps
    the system administrator configure new functionality in Distributed File
    System (DFS) to maintain the original Universal Naming Convention (UNC)
    path of files after they are moved to a new server. This reduces the impact
    of file server consolidation and migration, saves end users time spent
    searching for files, and ensures that line-of-business applications keep
    running. This functionality is described in Knowledge Base article 829885.
    Although this article contains manual installation steps for creating DFS
    consolidation roots, you do not need to follow these manual installation
    steps if you use the File Server Migration Toolkit. The tools in the
    toolkit will create DFS consolidation roots for you.

    Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit FSMT Site:

    Overview of the Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit of FSMT white paper

    Frequently Asked Questions About File Server Migration

    I hope my information helps. If there is anything that is unclear, please
    feel free to let me know.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Jason Tan

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    Jason Tan, Mar 23, 2005
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  3. Jason, I've a question on server consolidation that's hopefully relevant
    here. I've been reading the docs on FSMT, and came across a point on the DFS
    hotfix that concerns me:

    "If you set up your DFS root server on a Windows 2003 domain controller, you
    will disable the server consolidation logic"

    I believe this means that I'm out of luck with my current configuration: I
    *did* create my DFS root on one of my domain controllers. I have to tear down
    my DFS root, setup DFS on an alternate Windows server 2003 machine, and start
    Robert Henriksen, Mar 29, 2005
  4. Never mind, I found my answer in the archives.


    Robert Henriksen, Mar 29, 2005
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