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GPO Migration Server 2003 > 2008 R2 (Folder Redirection AppData)

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  • Hi all,

    I am currently reviewing our current GPO's which were created years ago while the server 2003 was still around.

    Now, we run server 2008 r2 as a domain controller.

    Group policies currently include a lot of unnecessary settings and I am just creating new GPO with the only information that we need.

    We use folder redirection for pretty much everything including App Data (Roaming).

    The following setting: User Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Folder Redirection\AppData(Roaming)

    Old GPO (2003 - current one) just states the following path: \\servername\users$\%USERNAME%\Application Data

    New GPO modeling wizard only allows the following path: \\servername\users$\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming

    If we disable the current policy which has got the general path, and enable the new GPO which points to \AppData\Roaming, what is going to happen? Is the data going to be copied over for all users to the new location? I just want to avoid users calling up saying that some things just don't work.

    I am sure someone must have done that before. What is going to happen when new GPO kicks in with the new path, and the old one is not linked anymore?

    All the best!


    • Edited by JG112015 Tuesday, November 03, 2015 10:48 AM topic name update
    Tuesday, November 03, 2015 10:47 AM

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  • If we disable the current policy which has got the general path, and enable the new GPO which points to \AppData\Roaming, what is going to happen? Is the data going to be copied over for all users to the new location? I just want to avoid users calling up saying that some things just don't work.

    If the “Policy Removal” option of your current policy has been set to “Leave the folder in the new location when policy is removed”, then the folder redirection would stay how it is currently configured with the folder(s) redirected after you disable it.
     
    To stop the old File Redirection correctly, you should first update the GPO and set the “Policy Removal” to “Redirect the folder back to the user profile location when policy is removed” and then change the redirection option to “Not Configured” or disable it.
     
    For the detailed steps on how to stop Folder Redirection, please refer to this KB article: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/888203
     
    Also, please note that running “gpupdate /force” won’t update Folder Redirection policy. All users who are affected by your GPO modification must log off and back on to any computers where they have logged on before the changes are applied.
     

    Regards,

    Ethan Hua


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    Thursday, November 12, 2015 6:37 AM
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    Wednesday, November 04, 2015 12:33 PM
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    Wednesday, November 04, 2015 12:54 PM
  • If we disable the current policy which has got the general path, and enable the new GPO which points to \AppData\Roaming, what is going to happen? Is the data going to be copied over for all users to the new location? I just want to avoid users calling up saying that some things just don't work.

    If the “Policy Removal” option of your current policy has been set to “Leave the folder in the new location when policy is removed”, then the folder redirection would stay how it is currently configured with the folder(s) redirected after you disable it.
     
    To stop the old File Redirection correctly, you should first update the GPO and set the “Policy Removal” to “Redirect the folder back to the user profile location when policy is removed” and then change the redirection option to “Not Configured” or disable it.
     
    For the detailed steps on how to stop Folder Redirection, please refer to this KB article: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/888203
     
    Also, please note that running “gpupdate /force” won’t update Folder Redirection policy. All users who are affected by your GPO modification must log off and back on to any computers where they have logged on before the changes are applied.
     

    Regards,

    Ethan Hua


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    Thursday, November 12, 2015 6:37 AM
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