Migrating data from a Windows host system

You can migrate data from a Windows Server 2012, 2016, or 2019 host system into your storage system. This task can be accomplished by mirroring the data and splitting the mirrors (similar to the method described for UNIX systems).

Before you begin

Create a full backup of the data before you attempt data migration.

About this task

Data migration maintains file ownership, permissions, and the date and time the copy is made. The drag-and-drop function and the xcopy command might cause ownership problems to date-related information in the new data copy.

Mirroring the data and splitting the mirrors requires some outage to rename drive letters at the end of the migration. Sometimes the mirroring tool that the operating system supplies cannot be used. Such is the case when the drive sizes in the old and new systems are not the same. In this case, try a third-party mirroring tool to accomplish the task. If an outage occurs, you can copy Windows Server 2012, 2016, or 2019 data to the new disk with the scopy command.