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Migrating to W2K from NT 4.0

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We have fileserver that's running NT 4.0. We are thinking to upgrade the fileserver to something bigger in size and change the OS to W2K. What's the best way to move all the contents? Using restore from backup?

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by hstahl In reply to Migrating to W2K from NT ...

You answered your own question; restoring from backup would be the best method. It would also be possible to bring the servers up in parallel and do a copy or move, but you'd loose your security settings unless you used a resource kit tool to do it(the name escapes me).

-Heath

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by Aaron_Wurthmann In reply to Migrating to W2K from NT ...

Answer number is pretty good, but I think that the "best" method is the following: Defiantly back the thing up, that goes without saying. I would consider the "best" method to keep things local, move around the hard drives themselves as secondary orslave drives if you have. Its faster, you will keep the permissions and it doesn't rely on the network or boggle the network down with copying or restoring files.

In addition to the ?best? philosophy, and I only suggest this if you are a senior administrator, I would probably move the HD to the new system with Windows NT 4 intact ignore the errors that appear and do the upgrade/NEW install to Windows 2000 with the existing hard drives. I have done it myself once or twice, scary, really scarybut like I said if you back the thing up properly you don?t have anything to loose.

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