2010-12-17 01:06 PM
We currently have a Windows 2003 server that acts as our file server. Currently there are over a hundred shares on this server. We would like to migrate all of this data over to a CIFS volume on our NetApp filer. What is the best way to go about doing this while maintaining the file system permissions and replicating all of the shares. I have used the Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit before, but I am assuming that this will not serve it's purpose in this case as I am not transferring files between 2 servers. If anyone has run into a similar situation and has any recommendations, I would really appreciate it.
2011-01-04 04:23 AM
Not without its caveats, but we used Robocopy (Microsoft utility) to do all the migrations. Check your permissions at both share and ntfs level for your cifs volumes also. I think from memory we had to give some local computer account on the source (Windows) filer, permissions on the shares/ntfs folders.
Its pretty quick, especially when only set to copy newer/changed files.
2011-01-04 11:27 AM
I am in the process of doing the same and am using a utility called BeyondCompare. This util allows the copying of NTFS permissions. You can pre-copy your data to the CIFS volume and just prior to the cutover do a sync.
2011-01-06 10:46 AM
I have tested with RoboCopy and it appears to be working to an extent. For some reason it is granting NTFS permissions to Everyone and ignoring the original perms. That, I am sure, is some configuration flag I missed somewhere in the copy.
The big issue I am running into is actually creating the shares on the new filer. I found a vbscript that someone wrote that parses out all of the existing shares and permissions and places them into a text file. I will then parse that text file and create a script that creates the shares on the filer. That is, unless anyone has an easier solution.
I have not had a chance to test this whole process out yet, but if I get it to work, I will post the script and my methods for getting the shares setup on here. As I said though, if anyone has any quicker/easier/better ways to handle this, please let me know.
2011-02-07 08:20 AM
I've had good luck using a free tool from Microsoft called RichCopy. I believe the latest ideration of this tool is v 126.96.36.199