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Step 4: Move settings and data to the Destination Server for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials migration

Published: July 31, 2013

Updated: August 21, 2013

Applies To: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials

This section provides information about migrating data and settings from the Source Server. Move settings and data to the Destination Server as follows:

Before you copy data from the Source Server to the Destination Server, perform the following tasks:

  • Review the list of shared folders on the Source Server, including permissions for each folder. Create or customize the folders on the Destination Server to match the folder structure that you are migrating from the Source Server.

  • Review the size of each folder and ensure that the Destination Server has enough storage space.

  • Make the shared folders on the Source Server Read-only for all users so that no writing can take place on the hard drive while you are copying files to the Destination Server.

  • The Client Computer Backup folder cannot be migrated to the Destination Server. Before the server migration, make sure that all the client computers are healthy. After the server migration, it is recommended that you configure and start client computer backups to ensure that the data is backed up for all your important client computers.

  • The File History Backups folder cannot be directly migrated to the Destination Server due to the folder structure and backup metadata changes in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. However, it is possible to migrate the File History Backups folder for a specific user on a specific computer. To do so, you should locate the Data folder in the File History Backups folder for that user and computer, then copy that Data folder to the File History Backups folder on the Destination Server.

  1. Sign in to the Destination Server as a domain administrator, and then open a Command Prompt window or a Windows PowerShell command prompt.

  2. If you use the Command Prompt window, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

    robocopy \\ <SourceServerName> \ <SharedSourceFolderName> <PathOfTheDestination> \ <SharedDestinationFolderName> /E /B /COPY:DATSOU /LOG:C:\Copyresults.txt


    • <SourceServerName> is the name of the Source Server

    • <SharedSourceFolderName> is the name of the shared folder on the Source Server

    • <PathOfTheDestination> is the absolute path where you you want to move the folder

    • <SharedDestinationFolderName> is the folder on the Destination Server to which the data will be copied

    For example, robocopy \\sourceserver\MyData “d:\ServerFolders\MyData” /E /B /COPY:DATSOU /LOG:C:\Copyresults.txt.

  3. If you use Windows PowerShell, type the following command, and then press ENTER.

    Add-Wssfolder –Path \ -Name -KeepPermission

  4. Repeat this process for each shared folder that you are migrating from the Source Server.

  1. On the Destination Server, open the Dashboard.

  2. On the Dashboard Home page, click Setup, click Set up Anywhere Access, and then choose the Click to configure Anywhere Access option.

  3. The Set up Anywhere Access Wizard appears. Complete the instructions in the wizard to configure your router and domain names.

If your router does not support the UPnP framework, or if the UPnP framework is disabled, a yellow warning icon may appear next to the router name. Ensure that the following ports are open and that they are directed to the IP address of the Destination Server:

  • Port 80: HTTP Web traffic

  • Port 443: HTTPS Web traffic

If you want to configure a public domain name on the Destination Server, you must release the domain name from your Source Server to avoid competition of dynamic DNS update.

Each user account that is migrated from previous versions of Windows Small Business Server or Windows Server Essentials must be mapped to one or more computers.

  1. Open the Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Dashboard.

  2. In the navigation bar, click Users.

  3. In the list of user accounts, right-click a user account, and then click View the account properties.

  4. Click the Anywhere Access tab, and then click Allow Remote Web Access and access to web services applications.

  5. Click Shared Folders, clickComputers, click Homepage links, and then click Apply.

  6. Click the Computer access tab, and then click the name of the computer to which you want to allow access.

  7. Repeat steps 3, 4, 5, and 6 for each user account.

You do not need to change the configuration of the client computer. It is configured automatically.

After you complete the migration, if you encounter an issue when you create the first new user account on the Destination Server, remove the user account that you added, and then create it again.

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