how to migrate file share to new server

Discussion in 'File Systems' 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. Look into robocopy. Something like robocopy d:\folder e:\folder /e /sec /w:3
    r:3 /log:folder.
    You can schedule it as a .bat file. Use the log to determine if any files
    are not copied.

    Danny Sanders, Sep 12, 2008
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  3. Rich

    DaveMills Guest

    You can make it respond to changes in the source folder to trigger a new sync
    too so the when the source is updated it will re-run the copy adding changed

    Another way would by to use DFSR and set up replication between the two shares
    but not allow users the use the link to the new share until replication has
    completed. Then enable the new link. If you are removing the old server disable
    that link. Finally when all have switched to the new link remove the replication
    group and wait for the message in the event log that replication has been
    removed before deleting the old copy of the data. If you jump the gun on this
    then DFSR can notice the delete and sync that delete with the new copy, poof, no
    files. I always take a backup of the data before deleting the old copy, once
    DaveMills, Sep 12, 2008
  4. Rich

    Rich Guest

    Thanks to you both, Robocopy defintiely sounds like the way to go
    Rich, Sep 15, 2008
  5. Rich

    Rich Guest

    Since i have like 340GB of data, that would be nice to do one big copy over
    the weekend when nobody is using the server, then throughout the week have it
    keep updating whenever anything is changed on the current server. how do you
    set it up like that?
    Rich, Sep 15, 2008
  6. Stop the share on Friday evening, perform the robocopy over the weekend.
    Restart the share Monday morning and use robocopy again using /MON or /MOT

    Danny Sanders, Sep 15, 2008
  7. Rich

    Rich Guest

    Thanks. So do i only need to do the /MON once and it will just keep
    constantly checking and synching the new server?
    Rich, Sep 15, 2008
  8. Thanks. So do i only need to do the /MON once and it will just keep

    I haven't used that switch so I can't tell you what to expect. It should be
    easy enough to create 2 folders, dump some word files in one and test.

    Danny Sanders, Sep 15, 2008
  9. Rich

    DaveMills Guest

    I agree, I cannot remember the switches I used but I tested it on a folder like
    "Home Folders" but at the user level. Then I made changes a watched what
    happened. It only took a few tests to see what switched worked best then I moved
    up a level and did the real job. I left it running for a few days while I got up
    to date.

    Another nice feature of Robocopy is that if you run into errors (e.g. user has
    denied Admin any access) then it pops up a error but will keep retrying (2^16
    times). So you simply open a new Explorer window and fix the permissions and
    Robocopy suddenly just continues
    DaveMills, Sep 15, 2008
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    Mike Guest

    Rich - I'm in the midst of doing the exact same type of project with about
    340GB of data that I am moving to a clustered file server. I'm using
    ROBOCOPY to make the first pass of data over and then I plan to re-run the
    ROBOCOPY script daily to get any changes and then one weekend, I plan to
    stop the share, run ROBOCOPY again and point the DFS Target to the new
    location and disable the referral to the old server.

    This is what my ROBOCOPY script looks like:

    robocopy {source} {destination} /copyall /e /zb /MIR /log:share_data.log
    /np /tee /r:2 /w:1 /ndl
    Mike, Sep 30, 2008
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    Kevin Winter Guest

    I tried robocopy but somehow it stops working and fails because of a very deep folder structure. Are there any alternatives? I already downloaded the newest version available from Microsoft.

    Kevin Winter, Sep 6, 2010
  12. We had the same problem you are describing in our organisation. Finally we used a commercial product called Copyright2 from Sys-Manage. You can download a trial version here and see if it solves your problem too.

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