We are currently researching how to migrate our current Netapp Cifs environment to a Windows 2012 Distributed File Services environment. I was looking to see if anyone has done this in the past and can provide any experience as to best practice or gotcha's. We are trying to determine if there is any ability to setup replication of some sort from the Netapp Cifs environment to the Windows server or if everything simply has to be copied via a tool like RoboCopy in one fell swoop. If there is anyone who can provide any insight into this topic, I would greatly appreciate it. We are running on a Netapp FAS 2240-2 with 7-mode 8.2.3 P6.
* NetApp have a free CIFS copy tool called XCP that claim to be faster than robocopy - it can maybe help you out.
* the only piece of help i have in hand is a script to copy share permissions and volume sizes from 7-mode to Windows shares and file server quota management (used it when migrated a few dozens shares. not worth touching if only have a few)
* the Filer cannot participate in the DFS-r replication group.
Depends on if you are keeping the NetApp storage. if for some reason you want windows to share out the date over CIFS but keep the NetApp storage simply clone the volume and present as a LUN to windows and share it out. Use powershell to recreate the shares.