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Need help moving a large amount of data from one server to another

We are consolidating servers and need to move a large amount of data from one server to another. We tried Robo Copy but it seems to be slow. Is there another tool we could use?

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The first thing to do in a case like this is determine if there are one or more bottlenecks between the servers. For instance, if you're performing the copying across a network link, something like this should be done with 100 megabit or 1 gigabit Ethernet, full duplex, and with as little intervening hardware as possible (i.e., via a crossover cable). The program performing the copying may not be the real issue. Another option, rather than using file-level copying, would be to image the data to be moved to tape or CD/DVD and copy it that way. CD/DVD may be the fastest in terms of raw copying speed, actually.

This was first published in September 2004

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