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Migrating File share and permission in a Windows 2003 Standalone server to a Windows 2012 Clustered server

    Question

  • Hi All,

    We are trying to migrate a standalone Windows 2003 file server to a Windows 2012 clustered server. We are using physical machines. The Windows 2003 server is connected to a SAN storage where the file resides. 

    Our objective is to transfer the SAN Storage from the standalone Windows 2003 file server to the Windows 2012 Clustered server - as a disk resource while retaining all file share names and permission.

    We have tried the following:

    1. Copy the registry entry from the windows 2003 to one of the node of the windows 2012 clustered server then transfer the SAN Storage connected to that windows 2012 node. it works fine, all of the share name and permission were transferred

    2. We did the same action to the the second node and it also works fine all of the share name and permission were transferred

    3. We have initiated the configuration of cluster after the configuration all of the share name and permission were lost

    What we are seeing here is that items 1 and 2 works because of the same registry of windows 2003 and windows 2012 but the registry of the cluster share is far different from the share registry entry of a stand alone server that is why on item 3 all share name and permission were lost

    could somebody please help on the above scenario or could suggest other ways to meet the objective

    thanks

    Thursday, December 12, 2013 5:22 AM

Answers

  • If it were me, I'd leave the 2003 server connected to the SAN and carve out a new LUN and connect that to the 2012 server, a disk that's the same size as the 2003 server (assuming you have enough space).  I'd then use a tool like Robocopy to copy over the data.  That way you're not having to worry about making registry changes from 2003 to 2012.  The data will copy over with all the permissions and everything should work fine.

    Option 2

    If you don't have enough space you can always move the files to a holding server/workstation.  It's the same as above but this "holding" server or workstation would have the storage you need in the short term, say internal HDs that are SATA for example.  You'd still get all the permissions and everything copied over (using Robocopy) and once that's done and verified you'd delete the disk to the 2003 server and re-create it on the 2012 server fresh and clean.

    Option 3

    You could do a full data backup of the 2003 server, just the data you want to copy over and then do a full restore on the 2012 server.  This might get a little tricky depending on the software you use.

    Thoughts?  Hope this helps, it may not be what you wanted but it might get the gears turning to get you to where you need to be.

    PS. Depending on the SAN you're using, the vendor may have a better solution.  It may be worth your time to post this question to your vendor.


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    Monday, December 16, 2013 2:10 AM
  • hi Kelly,

    thanks for the reply

    we are currently working with the storage vendor / principal

    your option 1 worked! what we did was to use the SAN connection to copy everything from windows 2003 LUN to the Windows 2012 LUN 

    Many Thanks

    • Marked as answer by Pogipito Wednesday, December 18, 2013 9:48 PM
    Wednesday, December 18, 2013 9:48 PM

All replies

  • If it were me, I'd leave the 2003 server connected to the SAN and carve out a new LUN and connect that to the 2012 server, a disk that's the same size as the 2003 server (assuming you have enough space).  I'd then use a tool like Robocopy to copy over the data.  That way you're not having to worry about making registry changes from 2003 to 2012.  The data will copy over with all the permissions and everything should work fine.

    Option 2

    If you don't have enough space you can always move the files to a holding server/workstation.  It's the same as above but this "holding" server or workstation would have the storage you need in the short term, say internal HDs that are SATA for example.  You'd still get all the permissions and everything copied over (using Robocopy) and once that's done and verified you'd delete the disk to the 2003 server and re-create it on the 2012 server fresh and clean.

    Option 3

    You could do a full data backup of the 2003 server, just the data you want to copy over and then do a full restore on the 2012 server.  This might get a little tricky depending on the software you use.

    Thoughts?  Hope this helps, it may not be what you wanted but it might get the gears turning to get you to where you need to be.

    PS. Depending on the SAN you're using, the vendor may have a better solution.  It may be worth your time to post this question to your vendor.


    If it answered your question, remember to “Mark as Answer”.

    If you found this post helpful, please “Vote as Helpful”.

    Postings are provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Monday, December 16, 2013 2:10 AM
  • hi Kelly,

    thanks for the reply

    we are currently working with the storage vendor / principal

    your option 1 worked! what we did was to use the SAN connection to copy everything from windows 2003 LUN to the Windows 2012 LUN 

    Many Thanks

    • Marked as answer by Pogipito Wednesday, December 18, 2013 9:48 PM
    Wednesday, December 18, 2013 9:48 PM