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Need to migrate my file server (2003) to 2008 R2. But I want to retain all my permissions, etc.. And as painless as possbile, any recommendations?
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For transferring all the files robocopy has some flags for maintaining permissions. Pretty cool utility too (at least, I'm partial to it). I've never tried a transfer from 2003 to 2008 but at least it would be a place to start...
 
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For transferring all the files robocopy has some flags for maintaining permissions. Pretty cool utility too (at least, I'm partial to it). I've never tried a transfer from 2003 to 2008 but at least it would be a place to start...

Yea I was thinking robocopy too, just haven't tried it between 2003 and 08 R2.
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Robocopy is what you want to use if you want to migrate file/directory permissions.

This is basically what you want to run. It will make a COPY of the files to the new server. You would run this command from your 2008R2 box.
Code:
robocopy \\source_server\source_folder D:\target_folder /e /zb /copyall /log:D:\initial_copy.log

Now before you turn off the old server, run this command:
Code:
robocopy \\source_server\D$\source_folder D:\target_folder /e /zb /mir /log:D:\mirror_copy.log

That second code is an incremental mirror copy, basically scanning both directory and seeing what is different in the source directory and making all changes at the destination directory. Any new files or attribute changes will be mirrored on the destination directory.

This will migrate all files and directories (including empty directories) as well as file attributes (NTFS permissions included).

It's a low risk move as well, since you are doing a file copy.
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Thanks bob, was hoping you would drop your wisdom on me. smile.gif You think I'm gonna have to have to redo the share settings or is this going to cover that as well?
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I presume you are loading from scratch on the new server. You will need to reset the shares, etc. Are you running ADS, DNS, DHCP, etc services on the current 2003 server?
    
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Thanks bob, was hoping you would drop your wisdom on me. smile.gif You think I'm gonna have to have to redo the share settings or is this going to cover that as well?

If you are wanting to migrate existing shares, check out the FSMT.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?DisplayLang=en&id=10268

I've never used it, so I don't know much about it. However, that is the "Microsoft way". wink.gif

***I am assuming that this Server 2003 box is JUST a file server, and providing no other infrastructure roles (AD DS, DNS, DHCP, etc).
post #8 of 9
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Found this...

"If you have used the FSMT, it will have set them up for you but if you used Robocopy there’s an easy method to move them over, simply export the shares reg key from the source server and import it into the target server registry then reboot."

"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lanmanserver\Shares"

Looks legit lol..biggrin.gif
It looks almost too easy of a fix.

Just a file server Peanut, no DNS/DHCP
BUT it is a print server, the 2008 I'm going to setup as x32/x64 print server. The 2003 was only x86 drivers, what do you guys think about setting them up on the 2008 so when I bring the 2008 server up the printers will work seamlessly as installed on the users computers?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lostsurfer View Post

Found this...

"If you have used the FSMT, it will have set them up for you but if you used Robocopy there’s an easy method to move them over, simply export the shares reg key from the source server and import it into the target server registry then reboot."

"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lanmanserver\Shares"

Looks legit lol..biggrin.gif
It looks almost too easy of a fix.

Just a file server Peanut, no DNS/DHCP
BUT it is a print server, the 2008 I'm going to setup as x32/x64 print server. The 2003 was only x86 drivers, what do you guys think about setting them up on the 2008 so when I bring the 2008 server up the printers will work seamlessly as installed on the users computers?

Sweet! I didn't know about the reg key, and that looks perfect.

As far as the print server question, I wouldn't think there is a problem, but I don't know for sure.
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