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Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Inside Out by William R. Stanek

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Determining the Approach to Migration

You can use a variety of approaches when migrating the systems on your network. These approaches can be categorized as manual, scripted, automated, and user-driven.

Manual Migration. The manual migration approach uses USMT and includes the following steps:

  1. Acquire the user state information (by using Scanstate.exe).

  2. Deploy the new operating system.

  3. Load the new operating system with the user state information (by using Loadstate.exe).

Tip

Manual migration is Information Technology (IT) labor-intensive, doesn't scale, and has increased error potential.

Scripted Migration. Scripted migration requires that you write migration scripts to acquire and load user state information; yet, once written, the migration process ...

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