We have plan to move on-premise AD to Entra ID, how to move the windows file server to Entra ID?

Peter Huang 20 Reputation points
2024-05-20T20:14:24.8533333+00:00

We have a plan to move on-premise AD to Entra ID. The target is:

  1. Remove all local AD DC servers, move devices/users to Intune/Entra ID, all users have M365 now.
  2. Move on-premies fileservers to the cloud
  3. Join Windows servers (on AWS) to Entra ID

The questions are:

  1. How to migrate old PCs to Entra ID in an easy way? We are not a big company, only 2XX users.
  2. Using SharePoint/Teams file sharing is a good idea, the users will have a learning curve, how can we make them adapt to the changes faster?
  3. Ideally, we want to follow No.2 to move the files to SharePoint/Teams, however, they are huge. Can we add the servers into Entra ID , then use the file server as the normal way "\FileServerName" to access the folders? We have MPLS to access AWS.
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  1. Carlos Solís Salazar 17,441 Reputation points MVP
    2024-05-21T11:46:22.1666667+00:00

    Hi,

    Let´s answer your questions:

    1. How to migrate old PCs to Entra ID in an easy way? We are not a big company, only 2XX users. Here there is a big "depends" Are your devices hybrid joined? If so, you must remove the device from Entra ID, and then make them Entra ID joined - https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/entra/identity/devices/overview?wt.mc_id=studentamb_232547
    2. Using SharePoint/Teams file sharing is a good idea, the users will have a learning curve, how can we make them adapt to the changes faster? You must carry out adoption and training campaigns for your users. https://adoption.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/?wt.mc_id=studentamb_232547
    3. Ideally, we want to follow No.2 to move the files to SharePoint/Teams, however, they are huge. Can we add the servers into Entra ID , then use the file server as the normal way "\FileServerName" to access the folders? We have MPLS to access AWS. what best suits your needs is to use Azure File - https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-files-introduction?wt.mc_id=studentamb_232547

    NOTE: If you have additional queries, I recommend creating separate questions for each topic and labeling each question by area of expertise. This way you will be more likely to get answers from experts in each area of expertise.

    Hope this helps!

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