We are in the process of decommissioning our old file server in a much-needed upgrade. It goes without saying that this needs to be as seamless as possible, as to affect the end-users as little as possible. We're upgrading from Server 2000 to Server 2008.
I've been working with consultant on this in an effort to make this smooth, however he's a busy man and I've spotted some holes in his work. He's suggested we use Robocopy to copy all the files from the old server to the new one, then the day before we make the new server live to run the command again to copy any files that had changed since the original copy.
We've done the first copy and the first major glitch is that none of the permissions have been carried over. This isn't the end of the world and considering we're copying almost a TB of data I'm sure it would be quicker for me manually re-do the permissions as opposed to re-copying everything over with the correct switch. Rather than depend on my consultant I figured I'd try to take matters into my own hands.
Here's the command he's recommended (executed from the new file server).
Robocopy \\oldserver\Data E:\DATA /MIR /FFT /Z /XA:H /W:5
Is there an easier way to copy all of this data (while maintaining permissions) before we go live?