1. Restore last Fridays’s backup of RANFP2 to RANFP3
On Saturday Night I started to restore files from Friday’s backup from tape backup, it took 7 hours to complete. Data restored size was 952 GB with job rate 2Gb/minute.
2. Re-copy to match with last user job on Saturday
Robocopy RANFP2\PTDHOME\GERBER to RANFP3\PTDHOME\GERBER
Because we only have schedule backup Monday – Friday, we have to copy Saturday’s work separately. Some people are working overtime on Saturday, this is only took 18 minutes because only several people come in and create small amount of new data.
You might be asking why I am not created a backup job for Saturday only for this moving process. If I created a backup job on Saturday I don’t have enough time to restore, because backup process can took 12 hours, and restore about 7 hours.
3. Sharing the home folder
I have to sharing the root folder of data to everyone as contributor to make it accessible but I don’t have to recreate permission as it inherited from tape restore.
4. Modified logon script on Domain Controller server
Because we make the path exactly the same except the server name, we only need to later server name on the logon script. This must be done domain administrator rights.
5. Modified home folder
Some user still using H: drive as their home folder we have to modified this to point to the new server. We are on the process of moving to Onedrive as home folder, so only some people need to be modified, below mine is already using one drive, so no home folder set on the profile.
6. Activate File Server Resource Manager
We restrict executables files, audio files and movie files to be stored to file server to mitigate treat and to preserve hard disk space. This is done by activating File Server Resource Manager
7. Activate shadow copy
Besides daily Backup we also activate shadow copy so user can have 5 previous version of file if they accidentally delete files/folders.
8. Re-create scheduled job
Because the old server is Windows 2003 and the new server is windows 2008 I cannot copy and paste schedule job using file explorer. I have to re-create all the job and schedule it as necessary. I also test running the task, after changing some setting finally all works good.
Monitoring usage after moving
We still monitor if someone still accessing the old server so we can take necessary modification. We don’t want to stop the netlogon service to stop people from accessing server.
Benefit after move to the new server:
We experience significance performance increase, when user open and read files. We also notice backup time to media server are much faster, before moving we need almost 12 hours to finish backup, now only 5 hours.
We still keep the old sever just to make sure everything is OK, we will decommission the server after 2 weeks. This post is to remind me what to do when moving data from one machine to another.