We have a single-domain forest, and a handful of different file servers. One file server in particular has me worried: it is hosting a lot of important data on independent disks and no backup has ever been done. It's also running Windows XP Pro.
I've already taken steps to bring in a backup system (not just for this server, but a larger solution). My problem is really to do with setting up this system for redundancy - I need that data to stay online, or at least be very quickly recoverable (waiting for backups to restore is going to be too slow).
The current system setup (after a few maintenance windows) has 3, 1TB SATA drives. C is the system volume. Volume F contains all of the shared directories, and volume E is completely empty. No money is going to be spent on this box, so what I want to do is move all the shared directories to the OS volume as a temporary backup while I delete both the E and F partitions, mirror the disks in Disk Management, format the mirrored volume, and copy the shares back onto the now-mirrored volume.
My question is this: are there any tools to help me copy the shares to other volumes and automatically re-create the share at the new physical location with the share/ntfs security permissions intact or am I stuck doing this manually?
So it turns out that XP doesn't support mirrored disks anyway. Bleh. Not used to dealing with XP performing server roles...
Decided it would be best to schedule a backup to retain copies of the data on the open disk until management can figure out a budget for a real file server.