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Microsoft Windows® Cluster Migration

File server and NAS cluster migration within the same or between different Active Directory domains. Migrate local groups to the domain automatically.

Microsoft Windows® Cluster Migration

CopyRight2 is fully compatible with Microsoft Cluster Services as source or target of your migration. Simply specify a cluster's file server resource’s NetBIOS name in your copy job and it will be automatically detected.

If targeting a Windows cluster, CopyRight2 will create clustered file share resources supporting fail-over functionality instead of regular file shares.

During a migration from a regular file server onto a cluster, you can automatically migrate server local groups and users of the source system to the domain. This is required, because Windows Cluster Services do not support the concept of server local accounts for technical reasons.

CopyRight2 supports migration between members of the same domain and migrations across domain boundaries.

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Data Migration

CopyRight2 is a reliant and high performance migration solution used by thousands of customers world-wide. It migrates your data, including file shares, users, groups and permissions. No matter what your specific migration scenario looks like.

Data Integrity

Validate the integrity of your valuable data by comparing a checksum (CRC-32) or a wide variety of hashes (MD4, MD5, RIPEMD160, SHA1, SHA2, SHA3) for each source and target file. Optionally create a report, in addition to the log file, comparing each file, folder and permission between source and and target.


CopyRight2 is optimized for the SMB protocol. To migrate over high latency and low bandwidth connections you can optionally use CopyRight2's block transfer protocol (similar to Rsync in Linux) replicating on a byte level. It uses data already existing on the target, to optimize the synchronization of files such as database or Outlook PSTfiles.

File Shares & NTFS Permissions

Besides data and accounts, CopyRight2 additionally migrates NTFS permissions, file shares and file share permissions between source and target systems.

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Copy Engine

The data migration engine is based on a modern architecture using multi-threading and asynchronous I/O in order to maximize throughput.

Multi-Threaded Algorithm

The copy engine uses multi-threading for maximum performance and to saturate the network connection. You can adjust the number of threads in your copy job's settings.

Asynchronous I/O

Asynchronous I/O ensures that disk channels of RAID volumes are fully used by performing multiple read and write operations in parallel.

Optional Bandwidth Limit

Optionally limit the bandwidth used by the data transfer, for example if performing a pre-cut-over copy, while users are still working.

Migration Strategies

Possible migration strategies range from a classic delta copy method over continuous replication, eliminating down-time usually required for the final copy, to the ability of performing an offline migration, where source and target system are not connected at all.

Delta Copy Method

Perform an initial pre-copy, while users are still working to reduce the time frame needed for the final copy. The final copy will be performed right before cutting over to the new system to migrate the delta only, skipping any files and folders that were not changed.

Continuous Replication

Eliminate the time frame needed for the final copy by using continuous replication. Pause & resume the replication at any time. When resuming, it does not traverse the entire directory tree to detect which files have been added, changed or were deleted. While the change queue counter shows zero, source and target are identical and the cut-over can be performed.

Offline Migrations

Perform migrations between systems that are not connected at all by using the integrated export / import feature. During an offline migration, information such as users, groups, memberships, file shares and permissions are exported into CSV files. You can make changes to those files before importing them on the target.

Migrate Share-By-Share With DFS

You can use Microsoft's Distributed File System (DFS) to perform share-by-share migrations. CopyRight2 can optionally update DFS entries referring to the original location of a migrated file share with the new location. It supports domain based or stand-alone DFS configurations (standard or configured as a cluster resource). CopyRight2 additionally supports the scenario where you move the DNS and NetBIOS names of the source file servers to your DFS configuration.

Migration of locked files

CopyRight2 optionally supports Windows volume shadow copy (VSS) feature. If enabled it will create a snapshot at the beginning of a data migration job's execution and use the snapshot as the source to evade locked files. Alternatively you can configure CopyRight2 to skip locked files and report any skipped files in the log file and the log file's footer section.

Migration of User and Group Accounts

Additionally CopyRight2 can migrate user and group accounts, required to migrate NTFS and share level permissions in-tact so you do not get the "Account Unknown" error along with the original SID the account had on the source system or the source domain.

Migrate Users and Groups

Migrate local and domain accounts including all properties and attributes between source and target systems. The Password Migration Add-On additionally allows the migration of user passwords.

Migrate Local Accounts to Domain

If targeting a Windows cluster, you can optionally migrate any local users and groups to the cluster's domain. This is required, because Windows clusters do not support local accounts.

Migrate Across Domain Boundaries

CopyRight2 can optionally migrate between systems that are members of different domains. Additionally it supports migrations from workgroup mode configured systems to the domain.

Migrate Accounts Automatically

Simply migrate accounts during the data migration. CopyRight2 will migrate all accounts that are either directly or indirectly referenced in permissions.

Migrate Accounts in a Two Step Approach

Optionally migrate in a two step approach. Migrate accounts first with a "User and Group Migration" job, followed by a "Data Migration" job copying data and permissions.

Active Directory Cross-Domain Account Migration

CopyRight2's account migration feature is not limited to server local accounts but can migrate Active Directory domain accounts as well. For example if migrating data from a system that is a member in domain A to another system that is a member in domain B. You can expect a performance of roughly 300-500 migrated Active Directory objects per minute, depending on the available network bandwidth and overall system performance.

AD Attribute Selection

Define the Active Directory attributes you want to migrate in your "Data Migration" or "User and Group Migration" job. CopyRight2 supports schema extensions for attributes that were added to your AD schema.

Transformation of AD Objects

Define short scriptlets to easily transform Active Directory attributes, for example to replace a string, such as the domain in the "email" attribute. The scriptlet, definable per object type, will get executed for each migrated object.

Migrate OU Hierarchy

Optionally migrate the OU hierarchy of the source Active Directory domain to the target domain. Alternatively define a target OU where you want CopyRight2 to migrate accounts to. If not defined AD objects will get created in the "Users" container by default.

Supported Object Types

CopyRight2 supports the migration of Active Directory users including passwords. It supports the migration of local, global and universal groups including their members. Additionally it supports the migration of distribution lists, contacts and OUs.

AD Object Security

Migrate objects including permissions defined in Active Directory to the target domain.

No Trust Needed

CopyRight2 does not require a trust relationship between source and target domain. It supports migrations between domains that reside in the same forest or across forest boundaries.

Migration of NTFS Permissions & Inheritance

CopyRight2 migrates NTFS permissions and inheritance by default. You can configure a data migration job to optionally inherit from the target folder's parent instead. It migrates the permissions (DACL), auditing information (SACL), the file/folder owner and additionally the group owner. The group owner is not visible in Windows explorer and used by the POSIX subsystem. You can configure a data migration job to optionally inherit permissions from the target folder's parent instead.


The DACL is the list of accounts having permissions for a file or folder.


The SACL is the list of accounts configured for auditing of a file or folder.


The owner of a file or folder is initially set to the account creating the object.


The default setting of a "Data Migration" job will preserve the inheritance of the specified source folder(s) on the target. If the source folder(s) had inheritance enabled, the copied target folder(s) will inherit NTFS permissions from their corresponding parent folders.

Enable or Disable

Optionally disable or enable inheritance for the target folder(s) in the copy job's settings to configure inheritance independently from the current inheritance settings of the specified source folder(s).

Convert Inherited
Into Explicit ACEs

If disabling inheritance in your copy job settings you can additionally convert any access control entries (ACEs) that were inherited from parent folders of the specified source folder(s) into explicit (not inherited) access control entries on the target.

Bypass NTFS Permissions

CopyRight2 can bypass NTFS permissions, for example if your source system has permissions configured restricting access to specific users or groups, preventing Administrators from accessing the data during the data migration.

Cluster File Share Resources

Simply specify the file share resource name of your source cluster and/or target cluster instead of the cluster nodes and CopyRight2 will detect cluster services. It targeting a cluster, it will create file share resources instead of regular file shares the same way the failover cluster manager would do.


You can run CopyRight2 interactively on the source, the target or a 3rd computer. It is integrated with Windows Task Scheduler, so you can schedule it to run in the background to synchronize the target at a specified interval. In case of larger scale migrations, with hundreds of systems to migrate, you can use CopyRight2's template based rollout planning feature to deploy, control and monitor the migration process from a central location. All features are accessible through CopyRight2's command line interface if you should prefer scripting.

Background Execution of Scheduled Jobs

Configure jobs to run scheduled at a specified interval and in the background when no one is logged on to the system.

Email Notifications and Event Log Reporting

Jobs can optionally send out notifications by email or report to the Windows® event log upon success or failure.

Rollout Planning

Use CopyRight2's template based rollout planning feature to centrally control and monitor larger scale migrations.

Wide Range of Supported Platforms

CopyRight2 supports all Microsoft operating systems beginning with Windows® 2000 up to Windows® 2022 (32-Bit and 64-Bit), Windows® cluster services and storage solutions such as NetApp®, EMC®, Hitachi® HNAS & HDI, Synology®, Nutanix®, NetGear® ReadyNAS, TrueNAS, FreeNAS and Linux. Additionally it supports Azure Storage accounts and Active Directory implementations running on Linux, for example Synology's Directory Server or Univention Corporate Server.

Windows® 2000 up to 2022

CopyRight2 is certified for Windows® 2000 Server up to Windows® 2019 and supports the new Windows® 2022 version.

Windows® Cluster Services

It supports cluster services and will create cluster file share resources if migrating to a Windows® cluster.

NAS Storage Solutions

CopyRight2 supports NetApp®, EMC®, Hitachi®, Synology®, ReadyNAS®, TrueNAS® and other Linux Samba based solutions.

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CopyRight2 Licensing Models

There are three different perpetual (one time fee) license models available:

  • The CopyRight2 Standard Edition is a node locked license, including unlimited 24/7 support via telephone, email and chat (Cisco WebEx / Zoom / Microsoft Teams). Once a license for the Standard Edition is activated it cannot be moved to another node. You can re-use the licenses of your current target systems, when those become the source again of a future migration. For that future migration you would then only need additional licenses for the systems not yet having a license. There are single node licenses available as well for that purpose.
  • The CopyRight2 Mid-Range Edition, allowing up to 50 server or NAS activations per year. This license type separates license from support costs and includes 5 support incidents. Server/NAS activations expire after one year and move back to your pool of licenses, from where you can assign it to the same or different systems again. (*)
  • The CopyRight2 Enterprise Edition, allowing an unlimited number of server or NAS activations. This license type separates license from support costs as well and includes 10 support incidents. (*)
  • All Editions include a corresponding number of client licenses for the Computer and Profile Migration Feature.
(*) Additional support incidents and client licenses for the CopyRight2 Mid-Range and Enterprise Editions can be obtained from our online store or from a reseller as needed. Support incidents opened because of a product defect will not be deducted from your remaining support incidents.


  • Includes 5 support incidents
  • Up to 50 Server/NAS activations for data, Active Directory and IIS migrations per year
  • Up to 1,000 Computer and Profile Migrations
  • Includes all Add-Ons:
    Password Migration
    IIS Migration
    Azure Storage Account Migration
    DFSR Migration
  • Two years of warranty
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  • Unlimited 24/7 support
    (Telephone, Email, Chat)
  • Two Server/NAS activations for data, Active Directory and IIS migrations (Source & Target)
  • Up to 150 Computer and Profile Migrations
  • Includes all Add-Ons:
    Password Migration
    IIS Migration
    Azure Storage Account Migration
    DFSR Migration
  • Two years of warranty
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  • Includes 10 support incidents
  • Unlimited Server/NAS activations for data, Active Directory and IIS migrations
  • Up to 5,000 Computer and Profile Migrations
  • Includes all Add-Ons:
    Password Migration
    IIS Migration
    Azure Storage Account Migration
    DFSR Migration
  • Two years of warranty
Order Now

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