Microsoft File Server Migration Wizard changes all share names!!!!

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by Bart-man, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. Bart-man

    Bart-man Guest

    I'm retiring an old server that stores all corporate files. I want to move
    all files over to a new server, and just chage drive mappings in our login
    script to redirect users to the new server shares after they get copied over.
    I downloaded and installed the Microsoft File Server Migration Utility and
    did some testing with it to see how it works.

    Well it works pretty good IF YOU DON'T MIND ALL YOUR SHARE NAMES CHANGING on
    the new server!!!!

    The sharenames on the target server all get the "source" server name
    appended to the sharename. USELESS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    How can I suppress this "feature"?! I don't want to have to manually edit
    every sharename in the .xml file that this utility creates to get the correct
    share name back--I've got dozens. Any solution that involves a manual search
    and replace is a bailing wire and bubble gum fix.

    Why can't Microsoft make a decent utility that works the way Administrators
    need it to work to do this basic task that can't seem to be done without this
    useless utility.

    Bart-man, Jul 27, 2006
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  2. Hi,

    By default, target shared folders are named Sharename_SourceServerName,
    where Sharename is the name of the shared folder on the source file server,
    SourceServerName is the name of the source file server. The source file
    server name
    is appended to prevent name conflicts. If you are migrating a small number
    shared folders, you can remove the source server name by editing the name
    shown in
    Target share for each source shared folder. For large migrations, you can
    edit the
    xml file as follows:

    1.Create the migration project and add the source file servers.
    2.Close the File Server Migration Wizard.
    3.Locate the .xml project file for the migration project. By default,
    project files
    are stored in a folder called FileServerMigration.
    4.Use Notepad to open the .xml project file.
    5.Search for ?TargetShare?Sharename_SourceServerName?/TargetShare? and
    _SourceServerName as needed.
    For example, if you want to remove the server name _MyOldFS from the target
    names, you need to replace all occurrences of the _MyOldFS?/TargetShare?
    with the ?/TargetShare? string.
    Note: Tags in the .xml file are case sensitive. You must type the tags
    exactly as
    they are shown here.
    6.Save and close the .xml file, restart the File Server Migration Wizard,
    select the project file that you modified.

    Best regards,

    Vincent Xu
    Microsoft Online Partner Support

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    Vincent Xu [MSFT], Jul 28, 2006
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