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2003 to 2008 R2 file cluster migration - shares fail to migrate due to missing client access point RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I need to migrate my 2003 cluster to 2008 R2, but am having difficulty doing so. I have a 2003 2 node disk and node majority cluster which has 3 groups (2 individual file shares) and a separate group for the quorum.

    I'm trying to migrate my 2003 groups to a 2 node 2008 r2 cluster.

    I've ran through the cluster migration wizard as http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff182337(v=ws.10).aspx), the disk resources within my group migrate, but the file shares don't.

    In summary:
    - I ran the 2008 r2 cluster run migration wizard and connected to my 2003 cluster
    - Once the wizard completes, I left the the newly migrated group on the 2008 r2 cluster offline
    - Took the appropriate file share and disk resource group offline on 2003
    - Ensured the iSCSI disks for my migrated data are showing correctly on the 2008 R2 node (I'm using the same drive letter which my 2003 node used for the moved disk)
    - I then brough the resources online. Resources fail to come online as client access point is missing, so I add a new access point (http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2010/08/24/using-multiple-client-access-points-cap-in-a-windows-server-2008-r2-failover-cluster.aspx)
    - Restart my 2008 r2 cluster node
    - File share is missing! The file share has not been imported

    I then tried the registry key export and import:

    - On my 2003 active cluster node I export HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Shares

    - I take the appropriate cluster resource and disk offline on my 2003 node
    - Attach the disk to my 2008 R2 cluster node
    - Added the new disk as a cluster resource (again keeping the same drive letter)
    - Merged the 2003 registry key with the share information (note examining regedit shows the newly imported key)
    - Restart the server, but the share doesn't show up in the cluster administrator or share management tool on my 2008 R2

    1. Is it even possible to transfer file shares using the cluster migration wizard from 2003 to 2008 r2? Maybe I'm missing a step with the client access point (or do I need to transfer all cluster resources over at once).

    2. Should the registry key export import work, when the shares have been created under the cluster administration console (as opposed to windows explorer)?

    Thanks

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 10:40 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Currently there is no such a tool which could help transfer Sharing permissions to a new server or a new cluster.

    Here is an article about file share in a cluster:

    Working with File Shares in Windows Server 2008 (R2) Failover Clusters
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2010/08/19/working-with-file-shares-in-windows-server-2008-r2-failover-clusters.aspx

    From this article, share permission of a Windows Server 2008 R2 failover Cluster will be stored in HKLM\Cluster\Resources\<GUID>\Parameters.

    You can test to export that keys to new cluster to see if shares will occur however as it is GUID involved, it may not work on a new cluster. 


    If you have any feedback on our support, please send to tnfsl@microsoft.com.

    • Marked as answer by EuroTechie2013 Tuesday, October 21, 2014 5:34 PM
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 9:00 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Currently there is no such a tool which could help transfer Sharing permissions to a new server or a new cluster.

    Here is an article about file share in a cluster:

    Working with File Shares in Windows Server 2008 (R2) Failover Clusters
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2010/08/19/working-with-file-shares-in-windows-server-2008-r2-failover-clusters.aspx

    From this article, share permission of a Windows Server 2008 R2 failover Cluster will be stored in HKLM\Cluster\Resources\<GUID>\Parameters.

    You can test to export that keys to new cluster to see if shares will occur however as it is GUID involved, it may not work on a new cluster. 


    If you have any feedback on our support, please send to tnfsl@microsoft.com.

    • Marked as answer by EuroTechie2013 Tuesday, October 21, 2014 5:34 PM
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 9:00 AM
  • Hi Shaon,

    Ah, OK that explains why it didn't work! Considering that it's relatively straight forward to add/remove disks from one cluster to another and the NTFS permissions are retained during any disk moves. In the event of a file server migration using the cluster migration wizard is pointless?

    In other words, it sounds like the cluster migration tool is a bit pointless


    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:31 AM