Migrating existing file shares to DFS

EngineerConsultant 1 Reputation point
2022-04-12T18:55:40.577+00:00

Hello,
We currently have a Windows 2008 server that is going to be decommissioned. This server is the main file server for our company.
We have a number of department related folders. Within those folders, are more folders. The department related folders have specific permissions and the folders inside them have specific permissions as well.
We are looking to keep a majority of the shared folders on premise.
So for an on premise solution, we are looking at DFS.
Any suggestions on moving the existing file shares, folders and keeping the current permissions and group permissions in tact. This, with little disruption to our users?

Thank you.

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  1. Martin Meiner Tästensen 456 Reputation points
    2022-04-12T18:57:35.497+00:00

    How do the users connect to this share today?

    Are they using IP address, servername or a alias of the servername?

    Copying the permissions are not the issue, that can be arhieved using DFS, powershell or robocopy, but when it's done, you need to get alle the users to use the new server, and dependent on how they connect today, this part can be tricky