>robocopy is your friend
That was what I beared in mind.
But I hoped that there could be a way of "direct-copy", more on a block level...
the other way could be to use the VMWare converter, but that is just an idea...
>Is your filer a dual-controller unit?
nope, single head only. that is sufficient to meet the SLA for file services.
Thank you Radek for your valuable inputs, I really appreciate that.