Migrating File Server from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2

To follow up on my previous blog post regarding Radius from Windows 2003 to Windows 2012 due to the End-of-life of Windows 2003 on July 14th 2015, I will continue down this track and provide you with a simple guide to migrate the File server from a source server, running on Windows 2003 to target server on Windows 2012 R2.

– (On the Target Server) Run below command to start the Initial copy of the data. 

robocopy \\source_server\source_folder <Drive letter>:\target_folder /e /zb /copyall /log: <Drive letter>:\:\initial_copy.log

– (On the Source Server): Export below registry key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lanmanserver\Shares

– (On Source server) Stop Sharing the shares in “Computer Management > Shared Folders > Shares

– (On the Target Server) Run below command to start the incremental/Finial copy of the data

​robocopy \\source_server\D$\source_folder <Drive letter>:\:\target_folder /e /zb /mir /log: <Drive letter>:\:\mirror_copy.log

– (On the Source Server): Import below registry key that you just have exported in the “Step 2”

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lanmanserver\Shares

Link (Robocopy – Command-Line)
Link (Saving and restoring existing Windows shares)

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