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    Moving Home Dirs?

    Hiya chaps,

    Got a problem we are currently RAPIDLY moving out of HD space on our home dir server,

    We have now brought a new server with alot more space!, Is there a quick way to move pupils home dirs to the new one and keep folder permissions?

    Also a batch script/tool to change all the pupils home dir setting in Active Directory?

    Thanks

    Mart

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    Re: Moving Home Dirs?

    There are a few posts on this. Look for robocopy to copy everything accross. As for changing the location in ad, just select all the users and go to properties and change the location like so \\newserver\newshare\%username%

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    Re: Moving Home Dirs?

    Thanks,

    Tried selecting all the pupils in Active Directory, but I cant select the properties of them? Any ideas?

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    Re: Moving Home Dirs?

    using a search or selecting all the users in the OU?

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    Re: Moving Home Dirs?

    By selecting all users in the OU

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    Re: Moving Home Dirs?

    you aren't using windows 2000 server are you?

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    Re: Moving Home Dirs?

    Yes

    That doesnt sound good lol

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    Re: Moving Home Dirs?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH
    There are a few posts on this. Look for robocopy to copy everything accross.
    There's been some mention of using the ntbackup tool to backup the data and then restore it to the new location as a much quicker approach. Proponents have suggested it copies all ownership and ACL's but you'd need to double check that.

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    Re: Moving Home Dirs?

    Create the required folder structure on the new server / hard drive, then use xcopy with the /o switch to copy files from the old to new location, retaining permissions and file ownership.

    Obviously you need to make a batch file to do this. Running DIR on your users folder than a bit of copy and pasting in excel will achieve this.

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    Re: Moving Home Dirs?

    Right oh, next new problem...

    Backed up all pupils data with windows backup utilty and tried to restore it to the new server and it gets about 154MB done and says "not enough disk space", when there nearly 400GB's?

    Cheers, Sorry to be a pain!

    Mart

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    Re: Moving Home Dirs?

    I cant see how making a backup then restoring would be quicker than a straight copy. The only reason I would do this maybe was to have a backup somewhere.

    I have used robocopy a good few times to this kind of thing with no problems. I also use it as part of my backup routine to synchronise over 100 gig of data with no problems.

    If your having trouble selecting properties make sure you are only selecting the users and not any groups or OUs. If you are using 2000 server I have heard that if you install the admin tools on an XP install and try this operation it will work but I cannot confirm that.

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    Re: Moving Home Dirs?

    Like I say, just use xcopy /o and copy the lot straight from one location to another.

    No need to be messing with backups, although if you have problems restoring from your backups you should sort this out subsequently, otherwise you could be in trouble if you have a disaster one day!

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    Re: Moving Home Dirs?

    I'm not sure if you can do this on win 2000 - but I carried out a similar operation a while back on w2k3 - basically we got the new server up, copied in phases the home dirs of students (incase it went tits up), then mass changed the user objects in AD to point to the new home dirs. When you do this it realises the home directories already exist so doesnt change them. It just updates the user object.

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    Re: Moving Home Dirs?

    No dont think you can do this on win 2k server!

    Ive managed to move all the files over correctly but havent changed it in AD!, any help appreciated!

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