File Server Migration Tool (Microsoft)

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If you are tired to use robocopy with all its sophisticated switches, you can try a new Microsoft tool with a simple GUI : File Server Migration Toolkit for Windows 2003 R2.

From Microsoft:

The File Server Migration Toolkit (FSMT) provides several tools that simplify the consolidation process and minimize the impact of consolidation on users.

•Easy migration: FSMT helps the system administrator easily migrate and consolidate shared folders from servers running Windows NT® Server 4.0 or the Windows 2000 family of servers, to a server running Windows Server 2003 or Windows Storage Server 2003.
•Less impact on end users and line-of-business applications: FSMT helps the system administrator configure new functionality in Distributed File System (DFS) to maintain the original Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path of files after they are moved to a new server. This reduces the impact of file server consolidation and migration, saves end users time spent searching for files, and ensures that line-of-business applications keep running.

Note : Be very careful with this tool and DFS at all !!!


Robert said...

I would look also at scriptlogic's solution - secure copy. We saved a lot time with help of this tool during our last server migration. We scheduled migration on a Friday evening. Everything was copied smoothly including shares, security and permissions except of several files that were opened by some users. This situation was logged and secure copy continued to attempt to copy them . Finally the work was completely done after the files were closed by the users. I'm not sure that any other tool can do the same.

Anonymous said...

We use the Winzero Migration tool ServerMigrator. It is inexpensive, copys files, folder, shares, permissions, users, local groups, passwords...

It's great


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