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migrating redirected folders to windows 2012 server

Postby guest » Mon Dec 21, 2015 1:12 pm

we are in the process of migrating sbs 2003 to Windows 2012. The only thing left is migrating redirected folders (my documents and desktop) to the new 2012 server.

Now since all of users are configured to login to the domain through vpn (all users are external), if we just change the path in the gpo to where the new folder structure is, it's going to be unbearable since it needs to copy from old server, to local desktop, to new server, meaning through vpn. So you can imagine that some users will not be able to log on after a couple of hours because they have Gigs in those folders.

So for 1 test user, I created a gpo for folder redirection of my documents and desktop that points to the new 2012 server but the option "move content" is disabled. So I manually copied everything, created the gpo, and it seems to work fine.

So basically, I am moving from

Desktop

\\oldserver\d$\users\%username%\desktop to (on the new server) d:\redirection\desktop\%username% (so the files are directly under the %username% folder, not under %username%\desktop like the old server which is fine, same principle for documents). I also disabled the setting where only the user has rights on his folder (we added domain admins also)

Documents

\\oldserver\i$\%username%\desktop to d:\redirection\documents\%username%

Here is the problem

Since we are not doing everybody at the same time, i cannot synchronize with robocopy the old path with the new, since there is a transition. So I manually create the new directories and copy everything manually because at one point, some users will be on new server, some on old server. In robocopy, you have a source and destination folder, I don't think you can tell the software to synchronize both ways. This is not a very big concern, it's just very long and if I could automate it easily it would be great.

I was thinking about creating a robocopy script and adding some exclusions at the same time we are migrating users, but I am afraid that if something goes wrong, the 2003 version of documents and/or desktop will overwrite the version on the 2012 server so I don't want to take any chance (any thoughts are welcome).

The real problem is;

On the destination server, when I activate the gpo to use redirected folders on new server, the %username% folder is automatically renamed in windows explorer "documents" or "desktop". Research says that it's because of the desktop.ini file, that I need to delete it. So that is what I did and the folder we're now showing back %username%. So I asked the test user to reboot. After the reboot, windows puts back the desktop.ini file and I have the same problem. What is the answer to that?
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Re: migrating redirected folders to windows 2012 server

Postby guest » Mon Dec 21, 2015 1:12 pm

Based on my research, our issue might be a known issue before. Please help us double confirm if our issue is the same as below description, thanks.

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/asi ... documents/

If yes, please follow below two guides to help you workaround our issue:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/947222

https://community.spiceworks.com/how_to ... -documents
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