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How to best move Users home directories, and therefore redirected folders, to new server RRS feed

  • Question

  • We currently have users using offline files with their redirected home directories, and we also redirect their Documents and Desktop to %HOMESHARE%%HOMEPATH% and %HOMESHARE%%HOMEPATH%Desktop via GPO.  We also have "Move the contents of Documents to the new location" Enabled.



    We need to migrate users off their current server to a new server.  We did a robocopy of the user folders to the new server into the path we're moving them to. 

    So now do we just need to change their home directory path in the AD account and everything should work fine?  Will that "Move the contents..." setting cause a long delay the first time they log on after they move?  Will offline files through an error on every file since it will have offline copies of the files from the old server but they will now be pointed to the new server?

    Anyone have any tips in general?

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:27 PM

Answers

  • > directories, and we also redirect their Documents and Desktop to
    > %HOMESHARE%%HOMEPATH% and %HOMESHARE%%HOMEPATH%Desktop via GPO.  We also
    > have "Move the contents of Documents to the new location" Enabled.
     
    You really redirect the desktop into the parent folder where you
    redirect documents? Nested redirection :)
     
    > So now do we just need to change their home directory path in the AD
    > account and everything should work fine?
     
    Yes.
     
    > Will that "Move the contents..." setting cause a long delay the first time they log on after
    > they move?
     
    Yes.
     
    > Will offline files through an error on every file since it
    > will have offline copies of the files from the old server but they will
    > now be pointed to the new server?
     
    No.
     
    > Anyone have any tips in general?
     
    If desirable, disable "move contents" and do the copy manually / by
    batch. More robust in cases of network glitches or other errors.
     
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    • Proposed as answer by Patris_70 Thursday, October 16, 2014 10:03 AM
    • Marked as answer by Frank Shen5 Thursday, October 23, 2014 1:12 AM
    Thursday, October 16, 2014 8:32 AM
  • > stuff due to the robocopy copy I made to the new server?  Or will it
    > recognize most if not all files are there already and skip them?
     
    As far as I remember, it will not copy again, but it will check for
    presence... So the delay should be not _that_ long...
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    • Marked as answer by Frank Shen5 Thursday, October 23, 2014 1:12 AM
    Friday, October 17, 2014 11:30 AM
  • You're so lucky!  sync conflicts are the bane of my existence haha.

    I'm hoping with a network upgrade the sync conflicts go away, since they should be able to talk to the server faster.

    • Marked as answer by Frank Shen5 Thursday, October 23, 2014 1:12 AM
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:40 PM

All replies

  • > directories, and we also redirect their Documents and Desktop to
    > %HOMESHARE%%HOMEPATH% and %HOMESHARE%%HOMEPATH%Desktop via GPO.  We also
    > have "Move the contents of Documents to the new location" Enabled.
     
    You really redirect the desktop into the parent folder where you
    redirect documents? Nested redirection :)
     
    > So now do we just need to change their home directory path in the AD
    > account and everything should work fine?
     
    Yes.
     
    > Will that "Move the contents..." setting cause a long delay the first time they log on after
    > they move?
     
    Yes.
     
    > Will offline files through an error on every file since it
    > will have offline copies of the files from the old server but they will
    > now be pointed to the new server?
     
    No.
     
    > Anyone have any tips in general?
     
    If desirable, disable "move contents" and do the copy manually / by
    batch. More robust in cases of network glitches or other errors.
     
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    • Proposed as answer by Patris_70 Thursday, October 16, 2014 10:03 AM
    • Marked as answer by Frank Shen5 Thursday, October 23, 2014 1:12 AM
    Thursday, October 16, 2014 8:32 AM
  • Martin!!

    Yup, nested redirection, I tried to fight it but lost haha

    So "Move the contents...." will still cause a delay (by recopying all the data) even though it will already exist with the same owner and stuff due to the robocopy copy I made to the new server?  Or will it recognize most if not all files are there already and skip them?

    Thursday, October 16, 2014 4:06 PM
  • > stuff due to the robocopy copy I made to the new server?  Or will it
    > recognize most if not all files are there already and skip them?
     
    As far as I remember, it will not copy again, but it will check for
    presence... So the delay should be not _that_ long...
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    • Marked as answer by Frank Shen5 Thursday, October 23, 2014 1:12 AM
    Friday, October 17, 2014 11:30 AM
  • Great, i'd much rather have to deal with not_that_long x number of users, vs. LONG time x number of users haha
    Friday, October 17, 2014 1:21 PM
  • So say a user is still on ServerOld, and has sync conflicts in their offline files.  Then we change their home directory path in AD, which moves all their stuff to ServerNew. 

    What happens to the sync conflicts, are all those files now lost and gone forever since ServerOld is no more, or will they then try to sync to ServerNew?

    Monday, October 20, 2014 9:09 PM
  • > What happens to the sync conflicts, are all those files now lost and
    > gone forever since ServerOld is no more, or will they then try to sync
    > to ServerNew?
     
    I'm unsure - we usually have no sync conflicts... :)
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 8:33 AM
  • You're so lucky!  sync conflicts are the bane of my existence haha.

    I'm hoping with a network upgrade the sync conflicts go away, since they should be able to talk to the server faster.

    • Marked as answer by Frank Shen5 Thursday, October 23, 2014 1:12 AM
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:40 PM