Fast and reliable file server migration with FirstAttribute
The implementation of a file server migration can be triggeredby different motivations. On the one hand existing systems need tobe replaced with newer systems and on the other, file servermigrations could be part of a more complex migration project. Theintroduction of a Microsoft Distributed FileSystem (DFS) is often the trigger of a file servermigration.
FirstAttribute carries out migration projects for over 10 yearsand can look back on many terabytes of successfully migrated data.It is always important to us that the user can continue to workduring the migration phase with nearly no restrictions. At best,the user does not even recognize that there is a migration of thefile server.
Permisson assignment according to the AGDLP principal
The granting of permissions in a Microsoft environment can bedone by different ways and should be planned thoroughly. Within theActive Directiories there are different types of groups, whichshould be used for different purposes.
For permission assignment of shares or folders domain localgroups should be used, in which then global groups or evenindividual user objects can be added.
Domain local groups are usually used as privilege groups.
Global groups or universal groups are often used to picture theorganizational structure of a company.
A G DL P means:
Account –> Global group–> Domain Local group –>Permission
Automate the data and permission transfer
Depending on the complexity of the project, the use of migrationtools or the creation of scripts to perform the migration can beuseful. In many projects, individual solutions based on .NET (C#)have been developed which have greatly simplifies and acceleratesthe migration.
If the file server migration has been triggerd by an ActiveDirectory migration, the permissions should automatically beassigned to the new user and group accounts to the targetdomain.
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 tohandle. However, the planning is getting complex if is about tomigrate a Novell server to a CIFS share, which may be provided byNetApp Filer. The transfer of permissions must be planned verycarefully, because the permissions from the Novell environment cannot be transferred 1:1 to the Microsoft world.
Detailed information about migrating data and permissions from aNovell system to a Microsoft System or CIFS Filer is available onour web site about Novell migration.