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Moving share folders to another server to and fro

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  • Hello All,


    I want to move users shared folders to another server (without loosing shares and permissions) such as:
    E:\Homefolder\user1
    E:\Homefolder\user2
    E:\Homefolder\user3
    E:\Homefolder\user4
    ...
    E:\Homefolder\user1000
    Share folder size:500GB

    Thursday, March 08, 2012 10:15 PM

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  • Hi,

    You might want to have a read about the File Server Migration Toolkit here. The article is old now, but still relevant and can do what you're asking for.

    Here's some additional links:

    As far as moving versus copying and then deleting goes, you'd do well to stick with the latter approach as if something goes wrong with a move, you can end up losing files that were in the process of being moved. You'll find that if you use the FSMT you end up using the latter approach anyway.

    Cheers,
    Lain

    Friday, March 09, 2012 12:05 AM
  • Thanks for your reply.

    Instead of FSMT is their any other way to do. I mean from backup and restore.

    Actually I want to recreate the partition for additional space. Then restore the backup.

    Friday, March 09, 2012 9:00 AM
  • You can use something like Windows Server Backup to restore the data, but not the shares - at least not unless you are performing a system state restore. You wouldn't perform a system state restore between servers unless you were decomissioning the redundant server.

    If you wanted to restore to the same machine, then yes, you could run a system state restore after sorting out the new partition.

    Cheers,
    Lain

    Friday, March 09, 2012 9:19 AM
  • FSMT or Robocopy will not help copy Share permissions but only NTFS permissions. So if the drive letter will not be changed, you can backup and restore the Share permission with steps here:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/125996


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    Friday, March 09, 2012 9:29 AM
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