Migrate NT Server to Windows Server 2003 Lightening fast
Problem - An administrator wanted to migrate an old NT Server to a new Windows Server 2003 box. They had limited time to do this and the old server was failing pretty regularly. They wanted to be able to copy data to the new server ? but also be able to use both for a while to be sure that users were able to access and work efficiently on the new server.
Solution - He used Secure Copy to perform an initial copy over the weekend while there were very few users on the old system. On Monday all of the users were using the new server for most work, but still had some data on the old server that was getting updated by them. After a week the administrator felt comfortable that the new system was working well and ran another job to copy files from the old server that were newer than those on the new system. All users then came in the next week to work only with the new server and the latest versions of the files they were working on.
Copy files between Servers with Permissions and Group Memberships
Problem- An administrator wanted to copy data between servers, but knew that copying data between hard disks or between servers would cause the files and folders to lose all NTFS security.
Solution- The administrator used Secure Copy because it allowed them to copy data between the servers and retain NTFS permissions on the files and folders. It even migrated local groups and set security on the files and folders appropriately for those migrated groups. Migrated groups also retained proper memberships.
Move Data Between Servers Without "Account Unknown" and Keep Security Intact
Problem - An administrator created a custom scripting solution using the Resource Kit tool Robocopy to copy data with permissions between servers. When the copy was complete, he realized that the data on the new server had proper security, but that security was useless since he was using local groups in the ACL?s of the data. All files and folders now showed "Account Unknown" and the SIDs of the groups.
Solution - The administrator found Secure Copy and used this to redo the data copy. Secure Copy also copied the data with permissions intact - and went a step further and migrated the local groups from server to server and reACLed the data with the newly created groups. It even set the group members correctly on the new server so that data could be accessed seamlessly.
Copy Home Directories to New Server Without Loosing Rights
Problem - An administrator wanted to migrate all data from a volume on one server to a volume on another server. The problem was that the volume contained 1200 user home directories, each with a file share associated. Even being able to copy the data with security would not be enough. They also needed to migrate these entire file shares.
Solution - The administrator used Secure Copy to copy the data with security, as well as file shares and security. They also found that they could copy this data and file shares without having access to them simply by being an administrator on the servers. All data and shares were exactly duplicated on the new server.
Move data Between Servers with Proper Security
Problem- An administrator wanted to migrate an old NT Server to a new Windows Server 2003 box. They wanted to make sure that security would properly follow the Windows 2000 and later inheritance model.
Solution- They used Secure Copy to perform a copy from the legacy server to the new one. The new data reflected proper security supporting the inheritance model, just as the data would have if they performed an in-place upgrade of the operating system.
How to Keep Security Intact when performing Server Consolidations
Problem- An administrator has a serious data management problem. He was responsible for maintaining several large file servers of both Windows NT and Windows 2000 flavors. They wanted to be able to consolidate these servers into a single server or NAS (Network Attached Storage) device. They did not know how they would be able to do this and keep security intact while migrating local groups and file shares to the new machine.
Solution- The administrator decided on a high end Windows Storage Server NAS device and used Secure Copy in a single job to copy the contents of all data volumes from the old servers to the new single device. This freed them up to concentrate on more pressing network issues.
Moving data because of need for more Space, without needing to Recreate Security
Problem- An administrator had a server with a data drive that was running low on space. They installed a new large drive that would fit their needs. The issue they faced was how to get the data to the new drive with minimal impact on end users.
Solution- The administrator chose Secure copy to copy the data and file shares, both with security intact between drives. They did this over the weekend so on Monday users would be able to access the shares on the server and they would really be accessing the new large drive. This was totally transparent to the end users who experienced zero impact or knowledge of the data migration.