HOW TO: Migrate Web Site Data in a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

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SUMMARY

This step-by-step article describes the basic steps that you have to consider when you are migrating Web site documents from UNIX to Windows.

This article is one in a series of articles that provide detailed information for performing a UNIX-to-Windows migration.

The articles in this series include the following:
324215 HOW TO: Prepare for a UNIX-to-Windows Migration
323970 HOW TO: Prepare the Target Server for a UNIX-to-Windows Migration
324213 HOW TO: Migrate Apache Settings and Configure IIS in a UNIX-to-Windows Migration
324538 HOW TO: Migrate Web Site Data in a UNIX-to-Windows Migration
324216 HOW TO: Secure IIS in a UNIX-to-Windows Migration
324539 HOW TO: Perform Maintenance and Ancillary Tasks after a UNIX-to-Windows Migration
324217 HOW TO: Test and Performance Tune After a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

Set Up a Folder Structure for a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

Before you copy content to your new Web server computer, first make sure that your basic Folderstructure and configuration are correct as this will simplify the overall process of migrating your site.

For additional information about how to set up a Folderstructure in preparation for a UNIX-to-Windows migration, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
324056 HOW TO: Set up a Folder Structure for a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

Identify Potential File or Folder Problems in a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

Differences in the naming and structure of the UNIX-based Web site may cause problems during its migration to a Windows platform. Problems include supported characters for file and path names, letter-case duplication, and nesting levels. You must identify these problems before you make the migration, otherwise you may compound the problems during the migration process.

For additional information about how to identify potential file or Folderproblems during a UNIX-to-Windows migration, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
324054 HOW TO: Identify Potential File and Folder Problems in a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

Fix File-Path Conflicts in a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

You can fix potential path conflicts or use the features of Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) to resolve problems in your Web site during the migration process. If you use these resolutions properly, they can completely resolve the file name and path conflicts in your site.

For additional information about how to fix file name and path conflicts during a UNIX-to-Windows migration, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
324053 324053 HOW TO: Fix File and Path Conflicts in a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

Transfer Web Site Data by Using FTP in a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

Using FTP to transfer your Web site is a basic method that you can use to transfer a whole Web site from UNIX to Windows. All UNIX hosts support FTP and because you are using a Windows client to make the transfer, you can either transfer the whole site one file at a time or you can use a tool (such as Tar or WinZip) to package your Web site and to transfer it as one single file. Depending on which method you use, you may have to manually transfer additional files and settings to your new Web site.

For additional information about how to transfer a Web site from UNIX to Windows by using FTP, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
324062 HOW TO: Transfer Web Site Data by Using FTP in a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

Install Client for NFS on Windows for a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

Migrating files from an existing UNIX server to a Windows-based server is simplified by using NFS instead of FTP to move the files. Additionally, by using Client for NFS, ongoing access to the UNIX host is available to simplify staging the migration over time. Services for UNIX version 3.0 uses the Microsoft Installer for installation. This permits individual modules of the product to be installed from the command line.

For additional information about how to install Client for NFS, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
324055 HOW TO: Install Client for NFS on Windows for a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

Transfer Files by Using NFS in a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

Using NFS to transfer a whole Web site from UNIX to Windows is another transfer method. NFS is the native file-sharing protocol of UNIX, and Windows Services for UNIX includes a Windows client for NFS that completely integrates with Windows Explorer, making the transferring of files and folders a simple drag-and-drop operation.

For additional information about how to transfer a Web site from UNIX to Windows by using NFS, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
324060 HOW TO: Transfer Files by Using NFS in a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

Transfer by Means of RCP in a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

Transferring the site by using Rcp provides an alternative method of transferring an entire Web site from UNIX to Windows. Rcp is a standard UNIX and Windows 2000 tool with which you can transfer files and recursively transfer whole directories between two computers.

For additional information about how to transfer a Web site by using Rcp in a UNIX-to-Windows Migration, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
324061 HOW TO: Transfer by Means of RCP in a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

Test a UNIX-to-Windows Migration by Using FrontPage Extensions

The FrontPage Extensions include a tool that you can use to check and to identify missing documents, graphics, and page elements. You can use this tool to identify where the migration has not been completed, either because the files have not been transferred properly or because of file or Folderincompatibilities.

For additional information about how to test a migration by using FrontPage extensions, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
324058 HOW TO: Test a UNIX-to-Windows Migration by Using FrontPage Extensions

Use the IIS Migration Wizard for a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

Using the IIS Migration Wizard may make some aspects of migrating both the content and configuration from Apache to IIS easier for some small and simple sites. Although it cannot handle the more complicated sites, you can still use it to transfer basic configuration and layout information.

For additional information about how to translate the basic Web site settings from Apache to IIS, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
324063 HOW TO: Use the IIS Migration Wizard for a UNIX-to-Windows Migration


REFERENCES

For more information about how to migrate from UNIX to Windows, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver/unix/default.mspx









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Article ID: 324538 - Last Review: February 27, 2014 - Revision: 3.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Internet Information Services 5.0
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