File Server Migration
Fast and reliable file server migration with FirstAttribute
The implementation of a file server migration can be triggered
by different motivations. On the one hand existing systems need to
be replaced with newer systems and on the other, file server
migrations could be part of a more complex migration project. The
introduction of a Microsoft Distributed File
System (DFS) is often the trigger of a file server
FirstAttribute carries out migration projects for over 10 years
and can look back on many terabytes of successfully migrated data.
It is always important to us that the user can continue to work
during the migration phase with nearly no restrictions. At best,
the user does not even recognize that there is a migration of the
Permisson assignment according to the AGDLP principal
The granting of permissions in a Microsoft environment can be
done by different ways and should be planned thoroughly. Within the
Active Directiories there are different types of groups, which
should be used for different purposes.
For permission assignment of shares or folders domain local
groups should be used, in which then global groups or even
individual user objects can be added.
Domain local groups are usually used as privilege groups.
Global groups or universal groups are often used to picture the
organizational structure of a company.
A G DL P means:
Account --> Global group
--> Domain Local group -->
Automate the data and permission transfer
Depending on the complexity of the project, the use of migration
tools or the creation of scripts to perform the migration can be
useful. In many projects, individual solutions based on .NET (C#)
have been developed which have greatly simplifies and accelerates
If the file server migration has been triggerd by an Active
Directory migration, the permissions should automatically be
assigned to the new user and group accounts to the target
The following tools can be a significant support:
- Microsoft Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT)
- DELL Migration Manager for Active Directory (QMM)
Peculiarity of Novell server migrations
As long as the migration takes place in an all-Microsoft world,
the transfer of data and permissions should be relatively easy to
handle. However, the planning is getting complex if is about to
migrate a Novell server to a CIFS share, which may be provided by
NetApp Filer. The transfer of permissions must be planned very
carefully, because the permissions from the Novell environment can
not be transferred 1:1 to the Microsoft world.
Detailed information about migrating data and permissions from a
Novell system to a Microsoft System or CIFS Filer is available on
our web site about Novell migration.
Please give us the opportunity for a personal interview in order
to explain our proven methods for performing a successful file
server migration can. For more information please use our contact page.