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Reinstalling Folder Redirection file server

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  • Hi, I need to reinstall my folder redirection server because of an upgrade to Enterprise license (win 2k8 std to win 2k8 ent). The new server install will be done with same server name. So for the clients everything should seem like nothing has happened. So before and after the install folder redirection will point to \\server1\folder redirection.

    Should I copy the existing folder redirection data to the new server or not? Should I change some settings to clients before and after the update?

    The group policy is configured to "Move the contents of Documents to the new location" and "Grant user exclusive rights to Documents".

    Thursday, February 23, 2012 12:22 PM

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  • I suggest keeping the same folder structure and use robocopy or the file server migration toolkit to move the files from old to new server. No need to change GPO if the server name and folder structure is staying the same.

    My Microsoft Core Infrastructure & Systems Management blog - blog.danovich.com.au

    • Proposed as answer by danovich_ Thursday, February 23, 2012 12:47 PM
    • Marked as answer by jaatinenjp Friday, March 02, 2012 6:14 AM
    Thursday, February 23, 2012 12:47 PM

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  • I suggest keeping the same folder structure and use robocopy or the file server migration toolkit to move the files from old to new server. No need to change GPO if the server name and folder structure is staying the same.

    My Microsoft Core Infrastructure & Systems Management blog - blog.danovich.com.au

    • Proposed as answer by danovich_ Thursday, February 23, 2012 12:47 PM
    • Marked as answer by jaatinenjp Friday, March 02, 2012 6:14 AM
    Thursday, February 23, 2012 12:47 PM
  •  

    Hi,

    Should I change some settings to clients before and after the update?

    >> No, needn't.

    Granting exclusive rights to special folders: If you select this check box, the user and the local system have full control over the folder, and no one else, not even the administrator, has any rights to it. If you clear this check box, no changes are made to the permissions on the folder. Whatever permissions are in effect by default remain in effect.

    Move the contents of the special folder to the new location setting: Moves any document the user has in the local My Documents folder to the server share.

    For details:

    How to Configure Folder Redirection

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782799(v=WS.10).aspx

    Should I copy the existing folder redirection data to the new server or not?

    >> Please consider enabling offline files cache as a workaround. Offline Files maintains a local cache of remote files and folders on your computer, so that they are available to you when you are working offline. When your network connection is restored, any changes that you made while working offline are updated to the network by default. For more information, please refer to the following links:

     

     

     

    What's New in Offline Files for Windows Vista

     http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc749449(WS.10).aspx   

     

     

    Configuring New Offline Files Features for Windows 7 Computers Step-by-Step Guide

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff633429(WS.10).aspx  

     

     

    For you inquiry, you may consider using a DFS (Distributed File System) server to store redirected folders. You can have multiple servers containing copies of redirected folders, these servers can work together to balance the workload, and they also provide a measure of fault tolerance.

    For details:

    How To Set File Permissions for Shares in DFS Replica Sets to Apply to All Replicas

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308568  

     

     

    Best practices for Distributed File System (DFS)

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc736324(WS.10).aspx  

    Hope this helps!

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    Friday, February 24, 2012 6:44 AM
  •  

    Hi,

    Should I change some settings to clients before and after the update?

    >> No, needn't.

    Granting exclusive rights to special folders: If you select this check box, the user and the local system have full control over the folder, and no one else, not even the administrator, has any rights to it. If you clear this check box, no changes are made to the permissions on the folder. Whatever permissions are in effect by default remain in effect.

    Move the contents of the special folder to the new location setting: Moves any document the user has in the local My Documents folder to the server share.

    For details:

    How to Configure Folder Redirection

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782799(v=WS.10).aspx

    Should I copy the existing folder redirection data to the new server or not?

    >> Please consider enabling offline files cache as a workaround. Offline Files maintains a local cache of remote files and folders on your computer, so that they are available to you when you are working offline. When your network connection is restored, any changes that you made while working offline are updated to the network by default. For more information, please refer to the following links:

     

     

     

    What's New in Offline Files for Windows Vista

     http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc749449(WS.10).aspx  

     

     

    Configuring New Offline Files Features for Windows 7 Computers Step-by-Step Guide

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff633429(WS.10).aspx 

     

     

    For you inquiry, you may consider using a DFS (Distributed File System) server to store redirected folders. You can have multiple servers containing copies of redirected folders, these servers can work together to balance the workload, and they also provide a measure of fault tolerance.

    For details:

    How To Set File Permissions for Shares in DFS Replica Sets to Apply to All Replicas

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308568 

     

     

    Best practices for Distributed File System (DFS)

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc736324(WS.10).aspx 

    Hope this helps!

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    Elytis Cheng


    Elytis Cheng

    TechNet Community Support

    Why would you recommend using Offline Files? This would mean a workstation would be storing the files and then copying them back up to the server. This situation simply needs the server name to stay the same, folder structure to stay the same and simply copy the files across from old to new. No need to complicate it.

    My Microsoft Core Infrastructure & Systems Management blog - blog.danovich.com.au

    Saturday, February 25, 2012 2:42 PM
  • The users have "Grant user exclusive rights to Documents" so Admins don't have rights to user folders. How should I run the robocopy to copy the files?

    Monday, February 27, 2012 7:57 AM
  • Am 27.02.2012 08:57, schrieb jaatinenjp:
    >
    > The users have "Grant user exclusive rights to Documents" so Admins
    > don't have rights to user folders. How should I run the robocopy to
    > copy the files?
    >
     
    Yepp, you can't :-)
     
    First, takeown /f all user directories, then icacls /grant
    user:(OI)(CI)F and icacls /grant administrators:(OI)(CI)F - now you can.
     
    sincerely, Martin
     

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
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    Monday, February 27, 2012 11:32 AM
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    Friday, March 02, 2012 1:44 AM
  • Thank you for this. I have to try this at some point too. I did this now by running the robocopy with local SYSTEM account with task scheduler.
    Friday, March 02, 2012 6:20 AM
  • Did the copying with robocopy and everything went well. Thank you.

    Friday, March 02, 2012 6:21 AM