File Server Migration

December 29, 2010 at 11:31:02
Specs: Server 2003 Standard R2, 2.4/18GB
I will be performing a file server migration moving all our files from one server to another.
We use word document that have links to pdf files etc. Now it uses a UNC path of the current server for the link.

Now when I migrate all the data to the new server as it will have a different server name, all my links would be broken but it would have the same shares/DFS shares as the old server.

How can I fix this so when I actually move all data to the new server none of the links/permissions get lost.

I was thinking when ready to do the migration of the files/folders, rename the old file server to test and rename the new files server to what the computer name was of the old server that way when the data gets moved over and I access a word or excel document with a link on it, it will work, unless there is an easier way to do this.

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December 29, 2010 at 14:03:34
If you are not planning on using the that server name again, you could go into your DNS and change the IP Address for that server to the new server but that may cause problems with Active Directory authentication.

*** If you have a test network I would test it there first before you did it on your live network. ***

You will also have to make sure strict name checking is turned off too. That will require a registry key change which can be done through your GPO.

I doubt this will work and may cause more problems but here is a link to another forum where someone tried this...

Personally I never use UNC pathing for this reason. I just moved to a new server last week and have run into similar problems with poorly designed access databases.

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