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    Home Folder Migration to New HDD

    Right, my predecessor thought it wise to house the user home directorys on the system drive. Im about to migrate them to a new larger HDD and wondered if its as simple as I think it is.

    Steps should be...

    1. Make sure all users are off and open connections to shares/folders killed.
    2. Copy the data over to the new dive maintaining the data structure.
    3. Remove the old share
    4. Recreate new share using the same share name
    5. Relax because its all worked ok


    Is there anything im missing?

    Thanks

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    Right, my predecessor thought it wise to house the user home directorys on the system drive. Im about to migrate them to a new larger HDD and wondered if its as simple as I think it is.

    Steps should be...

    1. Make sure all users are off and open connections to shares/folders killed.
    2. Copy the data over to the new dive maintaining the data structure.
    3. Remove the old share
    4. Recreate new share using the same share name
    5. Relax because its all worked ok


    Is there anything im missing?

    Thanks

    Chris
    Your steps are right, i always used a tool like robocopy to copy all the files over with permissions so ensure i didnt have to change any once the copy was done. It takes a little longer but save loads of time if you have home directories using the CREATOR OWNER permission.

    All should work fine since the server name is not changing

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    Thanks Maf,

    I just needed reassuring before I mullered the home directories

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    id be tempted to create the new root share first with no data then edit your users in ad to point their home dir @ \\server\share\group\%username% as this will give appropriate permissions to their folders then copy the data across into the structure you just created

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    You may not have to do [3].

    I have moved shares from one folder on drive d: to another folder on drive d: and if you try to create a share that already exists, it says "this already exists, do you want to replace it?". Which can be quite handy when you want to be sure the folders match.

    But this assumes you're going to do it manually, rather than running a script.

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    You can actually do a step 0 - copy all the data using robocopy, mirroring and preserving permissions, while the system is in use.

    At a convenient down time, you re-do the mirroring but this will be pretty quick - you're now only copying files which were open or are new.

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    Recommend you grab RichCopy - robocopy's replacement - very nice and multithreaded.

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