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Changing the share location for Folder Redirection Redirected Folders using Group Policy - Re-Applying Folder Redirection: Migrating Folder Redirection user data from old server to a new server    

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Changing the share location for Folder Redirection Redirected Folders using Group Policy - Re-Applying Folder Redirection: Migrating Folder Redirection user data from old server to a new server



Apr
13

Changing the share location for Folder Redirection Redirected Folders using Group Policy

Re-Applying Folder Redirection: Migrating Folder Redirection user data from old server to a new server

 

This is regarding case SRX080602600766

Issue:

How to migrate data from an old server to a new server for Folder Redirection and then how to reapply the Group Policy for it to work.

 

This is an issue when you have a working environment where in users’ data folders are redirected (using Folder Redirection Group policy) on to a Server Share. And Now due to some reason, you want to move the server and its data to a new server (which has a new name and a different IP address), then after the migration you expect the users’ working in the environment to have the Folder Redirection a new address.

To work around this issue:

1.      You should migrate the data on the old server to the new server share with permissions.

2.       Now you also need to reapply Folder Redirection Group Policy with the new address and update it on the clients as well.

 

Steps to resolve the issue:

I researched on the customers query and found that a System Administrator may use either of the following steps to move the data from old server to the new NAS device.

Preferred method:

1>    First move the data from old server to the new server with permissions (This can be done using Robocopy OR xcopy). Then reconfigure the Group Policy to pick up data from the new location.

Alternate Method:

2>    Configure the Group Policy to let the data move to the local workstations and then reconfigure the policy to redirect to the new NAS device.

In both the cases (Steps 1 and 2) above, you should make sure that the users’ in the environment log off and log on at least twice to get the new Group Policy settings.

In Step 2 above, this step is again taken twice. The first change of the group policy migrates the Folder Redirection data back to the local machine/workstation. So after applying this Group Policy update, the user should logoff and logon twice. Then once all the data has moved from the server share onto the local system / machine. Then you have to again change the Group Policy for the data to move from the local machine to the new server share. So after applying this second Group Policy update, the users should log off and logon again at least twice for the Folder Redirection Policy to be effectively applied.

 

You should either use Step 1 OR Step 2.

3>     

I've never had people have folders as large as 8 Giga Byte - so that might be a pain to wait for the data to travel across the servers. You could try that in a lab - I've not tried that myself yet:

precopy the folders with Robocopy or xcopy to the new server

(make sure the permissions on the folders stay the same:

 either use robocopy or XCopy with the /o)

 

- after this change the folder redirection.

 

>> There is a chance that the redirection may fail because of long file names. This can happen when the path in question exceeds the 255 character limit. 

Then you have to work around that manually by shortening the names for files and folders.

>> Robocopy (great resource kit tool) lets manually copy the data from the old location to the new location, but this still doesn't fool the redirection routine which wants to move it itself.

To force the shell to use the new target folder and give up trying to copy the old location to the new one:

 

Just remove the Tick in Group Policy Folder Redirection that says

"Move contents of My Documents to new location".

 

It works like a charm. Personally I Never let GP move files.

I always uncheck this and move the files manually using robocopy or xcopy.

 

 

Articles I found that would be worth reading:

Folder Redirection

Øhttp://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows2000/en/advanced/help/folder.htm

 

 

 

 



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