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Windows Server Migration Tools


The Windows Server Migration Tools facilitates an administrator to migrate most or some of the server roles, salient features, operating system settings, file shares, and other data from computers that are running certain editions of Windows Server 2012 etc. These migration tools are said to ease the process of migrating the server role settings and also the data from an existing server that is running a Windows server operating system to another computer. They can reduce the migration time, increase the accuracy of migration process, and also helps in the elimination of conflicts that could occur during the migration process.

Windows NTFS Migration Tools- an Overview

An highly useful tool for all Exchange 2010 Administrators. It is also affordable and easy to install. This tool provides an easier and faster way to Import and Export of PST files from Exchange 2010 Mailboxes without the necessity to lay hands on the much complicated PowerShell commands. With an easy to use Graphical User Interface, you can proceed to install the software on the Exchange 2010 Server where the mailboxes are located. You should also select the Mailboxes for which the PST files need to be imported or exported and the remaining part will be taken care by the tool effectively.

Windows NTFS Permissions Migration:

For Windows Administrators, this tool is regarded as highly convenient and also time saving. This tool helps to move your folders and NTFS permissions to a new server in the same or a different domain. One added advantage is that, this software works on both Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 platforms. Windows NTFS Permissions Migration Tool can move your folders and hundreds of subfolders along with Users, Groups and OUs and NTFS permissions in a fraction of second. What are you waiting for? Put an end to the manually created NTFS permissions on your new server. Enjoy the time you have saved in other business assignments ultimately.


There are certain jaw-dropping features of NTFS which are listed below

  • Use of a b-tree directory scheme to keep abreast of the file clusters.
  • All the related Information about a file's clusters and other data that are stored with each cluster, and not just a governing table
  • Support for very large files (approximately 16 billion bytes in size).
  • An access control list (ACL) that easily provides a server administrator control to the concerned authority who can access specific files.
  • An user-friendly Integrated file compression system.
  • Based on Unicode, Support for names.
  • Support for long file names as well as "8 by 3" names.
  • Data security on both removable and fixed disks.

How NTFS Works?

When a hard disk is formatted, the same will be divided into partitions or major divisions of the total physical hard disk space. Within each partition, the operating system keeps track of all the files that are stored by that operating system. Each file is actually stored on the hard disk in one or more clusters or disk spaces of a predefined uniform size. The size of cluster ranges from 512 bytes to 64 kilobytes.

The selection of the cluster size is a trade-off between efficient use of disk space and the number of disk accesses required to access a file. In general, using NTFS, the larger the hard disk the larger the default cluster size, since it's assumed that a system user will prefer to increase performance (fewer disk accesses) at the expense of some amount of space inefficiency.

When a file is created using NTFS, a record about the file is created in a special file, the Master File Table (MFT). The record is used to locate a file's possibly scattered clusters. NTFS tries to find contiguous storage space that will hold the entire file (all of its clusters).


Thus, these tools offer the needed assistance for the Administrators in this technical-savvy environment.