Managed Programs and File Server Migration
Whenever a business is confronted with the challenge of file server migration, moving all of the files from one server to another, they must also handle the associated challenge of dealing with file permissions. This issue also arises when businesses are trying to increase efficiency by consolidating several different file servers into a single one, or when files are being migrated onto a virtual file server.
In all of these cases, file permissions can break down because of conflicts between domain users, local users, and Access Control Lists. Even worse, the IT administrator may have no permission to access some files and other files might be locked by its applications. All of these problems can interfere with coherent file server migration.
A managed program approach to IT services, however, can address this challenge by installing and maintaining a program that serves as an overlay on the file system so that issues like file permissions and file lock-outs can be centrally controlled. With this approach, the managed program staff can keep all files properly in sync between the target and destination servers during the migration and can make sure that during server consolidations, file conflicts are resolved in a streamlined manner.
Such software can produce detailed reports prior to the migration so that potential conflicts are resolved in advance. This approach to file server migration is best done by contracting with managed program personnel from an IT consulting company with experience in the challenging issues associated with file server migration.