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Best way to transfer data

By Tink! ·
Ok, I'm officially preparing for our new system, to be installed in November.

The server should be arriving any day now and I'm wondering what is the easiest way to transfer all the data from the old 8GB server hard drive (running NT) to the new server (running SBS Server 2003)?
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Depends

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Best way to transfer data

If both systems will be on your network at the same time, just copy it from one to the other.

If you're going to be running the same backup software and device on both systems, just backup and restore.

With the old server only holding 8 gig, at the worst you can burn it all to several CDs and then copy them onto the new box.

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hoping to avoid CD's

by Tink! In reply to Depends

I was actually hoping to avoid the multiple CD route since the CD writer is not on my workstation nor the server.

I'm thinking it may be easiest to throw it onto the existing network and transer there. (They're not running the same tape backup software).

To do this I can just make the new server logon as a workstation right?

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Possible

by CharlieSpencer In reply to hoping to avoid CD's

Your last question makes me think this is a workgroup and not a domain. If that's the case, you can logon to the server locally as a workstation, add it to the workgroup, and then copy the files.

If you are working on a domain, the new server is going to have to be the domain controller and you're better off not having both machines on the domain at the same time. It may be easiest in that case to move the data to one of the other machines on the domain, remove the NT box, connect the SBS box, and then copy the data from the interim storage machine to the new server.

It's only 8 gig max. Even with 10mb network cards you should be able to do it in a couple of hours total.

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Robocopy?

by NI70 In reply to Best way to transfer data

Have you thought about creating a script to use robocopy.exe? It can be found in the resource kit for server 2003. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9d467a69-57ff-4ae7-96ee-b18c4790cffd&displaylang=en

I've found using robocopy is faster than copying files or transferring files in a Windows GUI.

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robocopy x2

by antuck In reply to Robocopy?

I've used Robocopy and it works great. I would take the old drive and if possible, put it in the new system and then use Robocopy to transfer the files.

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here is a easy way

by huyn In reply to robocopy x2

you have 8gb server that was not much, put the new server on the network and copy data over.

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