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How to Upagrade a Windows 2003 File server [message #163348] Fri, 29 May 2009 11:32 Go to next message
DMI  is currently offline DMI
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Our company has a very old file server 2003 standard 32 bit and contains over
75 GB of information. Now we are running out of space. We decided to
purchase a new file server 2003 standard 32 bit to replace the old unit.

The question I have is:

How can I replace the old server with the new one and keep the same server
name and all file structure including the access sharing and permissions of
all files at the new server?

Thank you in advance for your assistance
Re: How to Upagrade a Windows 2003 File server [message #163351 is a reply to message #163348] Fri, 29 May 2009 12:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
DMI  is currently offline DMI
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I am sorry for the lock of information. This is a server that is part of our
domain and its role is a file server.

Any more questions please let me know.

Thank you!

"kj [SBS MVP]" wrote:

> DMI wrote:
> > Our company has a very old file server 2003 standard 32 bit and
> > contains over 75 GB of information. Now we are running out of space.
> > We decided to purchase a new file server 2003 standard 32 bit to
> > replace the old unit.
> >
> > The question I have is:
> >
> > How can I replace the old server with the new one and keep the same
> > server name and all file structure including the access sharing and
> > permissions of all files at the new server?
> >
> > Thank you in advance for your assistance
>
> Is this a standalone (workgroup) server or a domain member server?
>
> --
> /kj
>
>
>
Re: How to Upagrade a Windows 2003 File server [message #163352 is a reply to message #163348] Fri, 29 May 2009 11:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
KevinJ.SBS  is currently offline KevinJ.SBS  United States
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Registered: July 2009
Senior Member
DMI wrote:
> Our company has a very old file server 2003 standard 32 bit and
> contains over 75 GB of information. Now we are running out of space.
> We decided to purchase a new file server 2003 standard 32 bit to
> replace the old unit.
>
> The question I have is:
>
> How can I replace the old server with the new one and keep the same
> server name and all file structure including the access sharing and
> permissions of all files at the new server?
>
> Thank you in advance for your assistance

Is this a standalone (workgroup) server or a domain member server?

--
/kj
Re: How to Upagrade a Windows 2003 File server [message #163354 is a reply to message #163351] Fri, 29 May 2009 12:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
KevinJ.SBS  is currently offline KevinJ.SBS  United States
Messages: 653
Registered: July 2009
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DMI wrote:
> I am sorry for the lock of information. This is a server that is
> part of our domain and its role is a file server.
>
> Any more questions please let me know.
>
> Thank you!

You can 'export' the shares and permissions, and backup and restore the
files with the domain security intact.

Any server local accounts or local groups that are involved in the
permissions will be at issue.

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

Also check into any encryption (EFS) and other roles the server may be
providing.


After verifying you have the password to a server local administrator
account, a verified backup of the server, and and export of the share
information, you can remove the server from the network. Delete the server
computer account from the domain. Join the new server (with the same name as
the old one) to the domain and begin restoring shares and files.

The two same named servers can't be on the network at the same time

>
> "kj [SBS MVP]" wrote:
>
>> DMI wrote:
>>> Our company has a very old file server 2003 standard 32 bit and
>>> contains over 75 GB of information. Now we are running out of space.
>>> We decided to purchase a new file server 2003 standard 32 bit to
>>> replace the old unit.
>>>
>>> The question I have is:
>>>
>>> How can I replace the old server with the new one and keep the same
>>> server name and all file structure including the access sharing and
>>> permissions of all files at the new server?
>>>
>>> Thank you in advance for your assistance
>>
>> Is this a standalone (workgroup) server or a domain member server?
>>
>> --
>> /kj

--
/kj
Re: How to Upagrade a Windows 2003 File server [message #163377 is a reply to message #163348] Sat, 30 May 2009 02:39 Go to previous message
DaveMills  is currently offline DaveMills  United Kingdom
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On Fri, 29 May 2009 08:32:01 -0700, DMI <DMI@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>Our company has a very old file server 2003 standard 32 bit and contains over
>75 GB of information. Now we are running out of space. We decided to
>purchase a new file server 2003 standard 32 bit to replace the old unit.
>
>The question I have is:
>
>How can I replace the old server with the new one and keep the same server
>name and all file structure including the access sharing and permissions of
>all files at the new server?
>
>Thank you in advance for your assistance

If this is just a file server (not print/application server) then I would
consider switching to 64bit preferable R2

Now regarding the data move you could migrate the whole system to use DFS for
the naming. This would involve changing the UNC names for all clients but this
can be done ahead of time on the old server. Once the users are all accessing
the data using DFS name spaces you could then migrate the data using Robocopy or
the R2 DFS replication (both server need to be R2) which would mean the various
shared folders could be migrated one at a time with no downtime. When finished
you can remove the old server shares. At the end of this you will have not just
a new server but a DFS name space to access the data. In the future you can add
another server for some of the data and simply redirect those shares to the
additional server, or even implement fault tolerant copies.

>
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Dave Mills
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