Windows File Server Migration


  • Hi I have a windows 2008 file server with our DFS, just a root folder, followe dby departments  and shared folders. I need to move the files with same structure to new server with out loosing permissions to users. Do i have to shutdown the oldserver and rename the new server to old name or can i have the new name. how can we achieve this with out user aware of the change
    Wednesday, September 18, 2013 5:38 AM


  • Hi,

    In a nut shell...You can migrate the files (use robocopy to preserve structure and permissions), decommission the old server, create a DNS CNAME alias for the old server name pointing to the new server.

    You may also need to disable strict name checking on the new server to allow the SMB connections with the alternative server name, by setting the registry below:

    Value name: DisableStrictNameChecking
    Data type: REG_DWORD
    Radix: Decimal
    Value: 1

    Here is a useful link on migrating shares from one server to another 

    There is also a Microsoft file migration toolit available here

    Hope this helps!

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013 9:21 AM