Aug 10, 2011

How to migrate files from UNIX to Windows?

Our aging UNIX server is running out of space. What do I need to do to transfer the data from the UNIX server to a Windows Server that has more storage space available?


Are you running the Samba service? That would allow you to initiate a connection from your Windows server to the UNIX server than "pull" the files into the Windows environment, instead of "pushing" them from Unix to Windows.



You should use the NFS service to transfer the files from the UNIX server to the Windows server. 

Microsoft has a nice article on the process here:



Alternatively, you could use FTP to bring the files from the UNIX box onto the Windows server. However, in either case, you will lose the permissions attached to each file, which you'll need to apply once they're in window.


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