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  • what's the best way to migrate files server

    i have a sbs 2003 files server, what will be the best way to migrate to new server, other than usual copy , paste and set permissons manually

    And how about NAS, i also have one buffalo NAS, no longer warranty, want to copy all data from old buffalo to new one.
    Last edited by lwelyoo; 14th September 2011, 02:43.

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    Re: what's the best way to migrate files server

    robocopy allows you to set permissions I beleive

    you could also, you know.. consider the File Server Migration Wizard..
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    • #3
      Re: what's the best way to migrate files server

      I prefer FSMT over Robocopy, it does all the work for you. Although the migration guides from MS suggest Robocopy I've always used FSMT for the file copy portion of an SBS migration.

      Never tried using it on a NAS though.
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      • #4
        Re: what's the best way to migrate files server

        lwelyoo, do you just want to move the data to a new Server or do you want to move the whole Server (operating system and data) to a new hardware?
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        • #5
          Re: what's the best way to migrate files server

          I want to move only data (shared folders) . How's for the buffalo NAS, same way? robocopy or fsmt ?

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          • #6
            Re: what's the best way to migrate files server

            well.. FSMT probably has a guide, that tells you how to use it.

            Robocopy won't care where you send the data.
            You just may not be able to set the same permissions on a buffalo NAS.
            Time to do some research..
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            • #7
              Re: what's the best way to migrate files server

              Thanks, I'll test both methods.

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              • #8
                Re: what's the best way to migrate files server

                I'll throw Richcopy in the mix as well. Great free tool.
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                • #9
                  Re: what's the best way to migrate files server

                  Originally posted by L4ndy View Post
                  I'll throw Richcopy in the mix as well. Great free tool.
                  Gonna have to disagree with Richcopy. I've found it to be very buggy on 2008/2008 R2.
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                  • #10
                    Re: what's the best way to migrate files server

                    robocopy is what we use.

                    just watch for junction points, they can throw a spanner in the works....

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                    • #11
                      Re: what's the best way to migrate files server

                      I always prefer backup and restore - that way it becomes an off-line process, even if it takes twice as long!
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