File Services Migration Toolkit (FSMT)
File Services Migration Toolkit (FSMT) is yet another free tool from Microsoft—I say “yet another” because I believe sometimes Microsoft doesn’t quite get the credit for providing gazillions of free tools to us. FSMT can be used to migrate data safely and reliably from one file server to another. The following information is posted on Microsoft’s Web site.
FSMT offers a step-by-step process, simplifying the task of migrating file services. It provides the necessary tools to help minimize the impact to users, resulting in a more manageable environment.
Simplify the task of moving data: FSMT helps the system administrator easily migrate and consolidate shared folders from servers running Windows NT Server 4.0, Windows 2000 family of servers, Windows 2003 family of servers, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Storage Server 2008 to a server running Windows Server 2003, Windows Storage Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008.
Minimize the impact on users: FSMT helps the system administrator configure new functionality in Distributed File System (DFS) to maintain the original Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path of files after they are moved to a new server through DFS consolidation roots. This reduces the impact of file server consolidation and migration, saves end users time spent searching for files, and ensures that line-of-business applications keep running.
- More manageable and productive: FSMT is the tool that allows administrators to overcome data migration hurdles. While the benefits of consolidation or migration to a platform with better file services is the payoff, getting there can sometimes be overwhelming. By simplifying the task of moving data and keeping the impact on users to a minimum, the company is able to increase its overall ability to manage their file services. This creates a more productive environment both for users and those in charge of planning.
To find answers to common questions, and other valuable information, go to File Server Migration Toolkit page on Microsoft’s Web site.